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A Level: English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code 60153283
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


For those who love reading, this course is similar to the GCSE course in that you will study a range of literature. Lessons will be focused on debating stories and genres, exploring characterisation, analysing language and considering the relevance of the world in which the texts were created. You will study two Shakespeare plays: Othello and King Richard II, some poetry by a range of authors including Tennyson and Auden , modern novels such as Brighton Rock and Atonement and also have the opportunity to pick your own favourite texts to write critical response too.


Paper 1

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• Closed book • 75 marks

• 40% of A-level


Section A: One passage-based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: One essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section C: One essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Texts studied are Othello, Richard II and a selection of poetry with tragic elements including Auden’s ‘Miss Gee’ and Robert Frost’s ‘Out –Out’

Paper 2

• Written exam: 3 hours

• Open book

• 75 marks

• 40% of A-level


Section A: One compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)

Section B: One essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section C: One essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)

Texts studied are Graham Green ‘Brighton Rock’, Ian McEwan ‘Atonement’ and poetry by Browning and Crabbe.

Non-exam assessment

In this component, students write about two different literary texts. One of the texts must be a poetry text and the other must be prose. Each text must be linked to a different section of the Critical Anthology. In this component students cannot choose any texts from any of the examination set text lists.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy- one 2 hour 30 minute examination

Paper 2: Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing – one 3 hour examination

Non exam assessment: Theory and Independence - A portfolio of two essays of 1250

Entry requirements

Six grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least grade 5 in Maths and English Language or Literature.

6 or above in English Literature.


Your next steps...

Your work at GCSE will have provided a good foundation for further study at AS level but you need to be aware of the more rigorous demands and the difference in the way that this course is assessed. English Literature involves the study of a large number of literary texts and involves a much greater level of independent reading. Whether this study leads to coursework or an exam, you will need to be prepared for detailed exploration and consideration of texts from various points of view. You will sometimes be taking into account social and political contexts in order to make sense of a text, as well as looking very closely at the way texts are structured and crafted.

You will develop the ability to write essays of greater length, understanding and confidence, reflective of a deepening knowledge of literature, culture and critical skills. This course is suitable for those who would like to continue to study English Literature at university, or pursue a career in a range of different areas including education, law and journalism. Ask teaching staff for more information about the transferable skills that the subject develops


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