You will study eight texts over two years which will be from poetry, novels and plays.

• Texts linked to the theme of protest include: Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake, Harvest by Jim Crace and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

• Texts linked to the theme of tragedy include: Othello by William Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and a selection of poetry

• Texts for coursework include a further poetry text and a novel which you will choose from a selected list

A minimum of a Grade 5 in English Literature and English Language.

Students are also advised to study traditional written subjects alongside this e.g. A Level History. 


This is the course for you if you are someone who likes reading independently and enjoy exploring the historical and social worlds in which literature is written. You will be expected to read your texts outside lesson time to prepare for class. You should enjoy discussing your ideas and you will need to have an interest in texts produced in different historical and social contexts. In addition, it helps if you enjoy writing essays and have a keen desire to develop your ability to construct effective written arguments. English Literature combines very well with other traditional essay writing subjects such as History, Government and Politics, Religious Studies and Classical Civilisation. 

English Literature A level is assessed by two written examinations at the end of two years (80%).

In addition you will submit a portfolio of coursework consisting of two essays (20%). 

English Literature is a highly respected academic A Level. There is potential for you to progress on to a wide range of university degrees leading to careers including teaching, creative writing, journalism and human resources. 

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