English Literature

If you never settle for other’s views of the world, if you’re always asking ‘what else is going on ?’, if you ever feel like broadening your view, then this is the A level for you.

Course Overview
Year 1

Component 1: Love through the Ages (written paper) : 40% - 3 tasks, 75 marks (25 per task), 3 hours.  Open book in Section C only.

Component 2: Texts in shared contexts (written paper) : 40% - 3 tasks, 75 marks (25 per task), 2 hours and 30 mins. Open book.

Component 3: Independent Critical Study: Texts across time (coursework) - 20%. One task, 50 marks, word count 2500, moderated by AQA.

Year 2

In addition to University degrees in literature both as a single honour, or as a joint honour, this A-level is regarded as an academic choice that will support a range of university options such as law, philosophy or history


Teacher; lawyer; journalist; media and television; politics; writer. English opens doors!

The trouble is you can shut your eyes but you can't shut your mind.

Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Grade 5 in English and English Literature at GCSE


Assessment includes external exams and a coursework element.

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Theatre and lecture trips linked to course elements.


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