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English Literature A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title English Literature A Level
Code Ee 20 - 21
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


In studying English Literature you will develop interest in and enjoyment of the subject through reading widely, critically and independently across centuries, genre and gender. You will consider how writers – including you – succeed in shaping the responses and opinions of others. In essence, ’’The study of English Literature trains the brain and frees the imagination; it is about life and living and just where you fit into the world around you.’’


Component One 40 %

You must study one play by Shakespeare. In addition, you are required to study one pre-1900 drama text and one pre-1900 poetry text.

Set Texts Shakespeare:


Set Texts Pre-1900 drama

Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House

Set Texts Pre- 1900 Poetry

John Milton: Paradise Lost Books 9 & 10

Component Two: Comparative and Contextual study 40%

You choose one topic from the set list below and study at least two whole texts in your chosen topic area.

Set Topics and Core texts

American Literature 1880–1940

F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby • John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

Component Three: Literature post-1900 20%

You choose and study one poetry text, one drama text and one prose text all written before 1900.

How will it be delivered?

How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board OCR. 80% exam, 20% coursework.

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form are Five 5s, Course requires a 5 in English Language or English Literature. 

Your next steps...

Leading To A Career In?

‘A’ Level English Literature can lead to many career paths including journalism, writing, teaching, politics and the law. 


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