A Level English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code UP21EL
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


English literature at A Level will develop your understanding and enjoyment of literary studies through the exploration of a range of texts.  You will be encouraged to become an independent and reflective reader - one who can draw on a number of approaches to interpret literary works.  The course is designed to deepen your understanding of both the classics of English literature and a variety of modern texts.  Alongside Shakespeare, you could find yourself studying writers such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Margaret Atwood.  


Through group work and discussion, you will develop insight as a critical reader.  You will develop increasing confidence to express yourself when talking and writing about literature.  As reflective learners, you will be encouraged to assess your own progress and peer assessment will play a vital role in your understanding of ways forward.  You will be expected to read several substantial texts as well as completing research, writing essays and giving presentations. 

Your developing skills in English literature will complement every area of study.  Drama, history, and law are just a few subjects, which draw on the skills developed through the close analysis of a written text.  English literature is a highly respected academic subject and many students have gone on to study arts and sciences at top universities.  An A Level in English literature is a well-regarded academic subject and can be used to get on to a range of degree courses and not just English based courses.  

How will it be delivered?

Component 1 (examination).  Interpretations of Drama.  A study of Shakespeare and paired tragedy.  30%. 

Component 2 (examination).  Interpretations of Prose.  A study of two prose texts from a chosen theme.  20%.   

Component 3 (examination).  Interpretations of Poetry.  A study of poetry, both unseen and of a selected poet.  30%.   

Unit 4 (coursework).  Reflection in Literary Studies.  A 3,000-word comparative essay based on the study of two texts.  20%.  

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's at grade 5 or above as a base requirement including Grade 6 in English language and English Literature. 

*Students with a secure grade five in this subject may be considered for the A Level course, on a case by case basis and subject to availability.