AS/A Level English Literature

The Edexcel AS and A Level in English Literature builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, introducing students to the discipline of advanced literary studies, and requires reading of all the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.

The A Level is a rigorous, stimulating and challenging qualification, which allows freedom of textual choice and includes elements of independent study. The freedom within the non-examined assessment component allows students to pursue more detailed work in a field of particular personal interest, offering excellent preparation for study at undergraduate level.

Modules at AS Level

Students are required to study a minimum of four texts at AS level including at least one example of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole.

Component 1 - Shakespeare and poetry pre-1900 – closed book examination 1hour 30mins – 50% of the overall course

Component 2 – Drama and prose post 1900 – closed book examination 1hr 45 mins – 50% of the overall course

Modules at A Level

Learners are required to study a minimum of eight texts at A level, including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole.

Component 1 - Shakespeare and poetry pre-1900 – closed book examination 2hour 30mins – 40% of the overall course

Component 2 – Comparative and contextual study – closed book examination 2hours and 30 mins – 40% of the overall course

Component 3 – Literature post-1900 – Close reading or re-creative writing piece with commentary, comparative essay.

Non examine - 20% of the overall mark.