Qualification type: A Level
Entry criteria (GCSE grades)
English Literature 5 and English Language 4
This course gives you the opportunity to develop academic insight and personal understanding of key texts. You will be encouraged to communicate your ideas in clear discussion, to exercise critical judgement and refine analytical skills in written work, and to think creatively as you develop a personal response to a variety of texts. You will also develop an understanding of the importance of context as you will study texts from different times and genres.
Component 1: Pre- and Post-1900 Prose (two-hour exam; closed book, 50% of qualification)
Component 2: Poetry and Drama (two-hour exam; open and closed book, 50% of qualification)
Component 1: Poetry (two-hour exam; open book, 30% of qualification)
Component 2: Drama (two-hour exam; closed book, 30% of qualification)
Component 3: Unseen texts (two-hour exam, 20% of qualification)
Component 4: Prose Study (Coursework, 20% of qualification)
How the course is assessed
AS: 100% written examinations
A Level: 80% written examinations, 20% coursework
Studying Literature will enhance your understanding of many other subjects. Literature A Level is seen by universities as a rigorous academic subject as it not only deepens and broadens your understanding of literature from different periods but also develops essay-writing and analytical and critical skills. These are essential for careers in law, journalism, media, advertising, politics, philosophy, education and the civil service, to name but a few.
Teacher responsible: Miss R Kerridge