Works of literature reflect the time and context in
which they were written, and studying them gives
us tremendous insight into the society at the time,
the author who wrote them and our own lives
and emotions. On the A-level English Literature
programme you will study a range of texts, both
modern and classical, and will develop a range of
important skills such as communication, analysis,
critical thinking and evaluation.
Component 1: Drama
Students study one play by Shakespeare and one
by a different playwright.
Component 2: Prose
Two prose texts will be studied. Both will be based on
the same theme, at least one will be from pre-1900.
Component 3: Poetry
A range of poetry is studied looking at form,
meaning and language covering poems from post-
2000 and other literary periods.
Component 4: Non-examination assessment
An in-depth comparative study of two texts of your
Drama (exam, 2h 15m, 30%)
Prose (exam, 1h 15m, 20%)
Poetry (exam, 2h 15m, 30%)
Non-examination assessment (coursework, 20%)
GCSE English Literature grade 6
Successful English Literature students will have a love
of literature and will read in their spare time. You
will need to be good at analysing texts, gathering
evidence from them and using it to develop
well-reasoned arguments. You will need to be
comfortable expressing your thoughts in class and
small-group discussion and open to listening and
taking on board others’ thoughts and ideas. You will
need good general knowledge of the main periods
of history in order to properly contextualise the texts.
English Literature, Law, History (and other
humanities), Politics. English is helpful for most