Course: AS and A-Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: 5+ and a 6+ from English Language and English Literature

Course description:

The AS Level

Paper 1: Poetry and Drama

Students study one modern dramatic tragedy (Streetcar named Desire) and a selection of contemporary poetry from a post-2000 anthology


2 hour open book exam

60% of AS level

Paper 2: Prose: Childhood

Students study two novels on the chosen theme: Atonement and What Maisie Knew


Open book written exam: 1 hour

40% of AS level

The A level

Paper 1: Drama


One Shakespearean tragedy PLUS A Streetcar named Desire from AS level PLUS critical essays from an anthology related to their selected Shakespeare play.

Open book exam – 2 hours 15 minutes

30% of A level


Paper 2: Prose

Students are examined on the two texts they studied at AS level

Open book exam – 1 hour

20% of A level

Paper 3: Poetry

Students study their AS modern poetry anthology PLUS a range of older poetry from a particular poet or theme

Open book exam – 2 hours 15 minutes

30% of A level

Coursework assessment

Study of two texts of students’ choice linked by theme, producing a 2500 word comparative essay

Internally assessed: 20% of A-level

Why you should consider this course:

English Literature is a widely recognised as an academic subject and compliments other areas of study at A level. Analytical writing and research skills acquired through this course are acknowledged and valued by employers while continuation to A2 ensures that you are well prepared to study at degree level. This is recognised as a demanding academic subject by both universities and future employers in areas such as teaching, public relations, advertising and research. Did you know that Joan Rivers, Natasha Kaplinsky and Stephen King are all English graduates?

Contact Name: Ms B Helgadottir,