English Literature











  • 5 A*-C GCSE including English and Maths
  • A B grade in the English Language exam


Is this a new 2 Year linear A Level Subject?


If Yes see explanation below on how the 2 Year Course will be structured/examined

All students will take two exams at the end of their first year. After we have the results of these exams in the summer we will decide which students will stay on to complete the A Level and which will leave the course with just an AS qualification.  Those who decide to take the subject forward into the second year should note that their AS exam result will be discounted, as the A Level is examined through end of course exams and coursework only. The end of year exams focus on skills developed and texts studied in both the first and second years, so the study of the AS syllabus is not wasted.



  1. The AS course is 100% exam based. The first paper, Shakespeare and Poetry Pre-1900, is 1 hour 30 minutes, and the second, Drama and Prose Post-1900, is 1 hour 45 minutes.


  1. In the first year texts studied include Shakespeare (Hamlet) and Pre-1900 Poetry (Rossetti) alongside more modern texts such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.


  1. Set second year texts include Hamlet, Rossetti and 1984 again alongside The Handmaid’s Tale, A Doll’s House, and three additional texts of your choice. This course is examined with two 2 hour 30 minute papers and a coursework portfolio that is worth 20%.


  1. Teachers take the time to ensure that lessons are as engaging as possible – featuring lots of pair and group work and a variety of different activities.


  1. English Literature students should enjoy reading, as this course involves a lot of it!


  1. It offers plenty of opportunity to read, reflect and respond to a huge variety of exciting texts, relating them to their social, cultural or historical context and also considering the ways in which the writers choose to tell their stories.


  1. This course also involves writing lots of essays; so good essay writing is a prized skill amongst our students.


  1. To study English Literature you should enjoy class discussion, and should feel confident in developing and voicing their own opinions and interpretations of texts.


  1. Individual study is an important part of English Literature – you should also be prepared to work with others and alone to produce presentation materials, lead class activities and devise your own coursework questions.


  1. English Literature is a qualification that is highly prized by universities, and can be used as a stepping-stone to further study or a whole variety of careers.




Who should you see if you have further questions?

Please talk to your English Teacher