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English Literature

English Literature


Year 12

Year 13

A Linear course over 2 years

The A level involves 3 components

Two exams, based on:


Literary Genres: Aspects of tragedy

Shakespeare and drama – Texts studied are:

  • Shakespeare ‘Richard II’
  • Shakespeare ‘Othello’


Prose – Texts studied are:

  • F Scott Fitzgerald ‘The Great Gatsby’



Texts and Genres:          

Elements of crime or elements of political and social protest writing:

  • Margaret Atwood ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Text & Genres

  • Elements of crime or elements of political and social protest writing.
  • William Blake ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’.
  • Khaled Hosseini ‘The Kite Runner’.
  • Study of sample extracts, taken from the political and social genre.
  • Revision of texts.



Literary Genres: Aspects of tragedy

  • Revision of texts.


Non exam assessment (coursework)

Study of two texts (one poetry and one prose) and two essays, with the Critical Anthology

  • 2 Poetry texts taught in class
  • 1 prose text independently selected by the student.

Links Well With:

English Language, History, Psychology, Philosophy and Theology

Critical thinking is integral to this subject; a central component of English Literature is the ability to evaluate texts critically and develop informed and independent opinions.

Progression Routes:

Many varied professions including:  Teaching, Law, Publishing, Media and Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, Civil Service and Business.

Entry Requirements:

GCSE Grade 6 English Literature and Grade 5 English Language.