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English Literature A Level at Adeyfield School

Course description

To allow students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.

Course content

  • Paper 1- Literary Genres Students will study aspects of comedy or tragedy in respect to 3 texts: one Shakespeare text, a second drama text and one further text, of which one has to be written pre-1900.
  • Paper 2- Texts and Genres Students will study elements of crime writing or elements of political/social writing. Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. Exam will include an unseen passage.
  • Non-exam assessment: Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.


Exam Paper 1 - Literary Genres

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • closed book  
  • 40% of A-level

Exam Paper 2 - Texts and Genres

  • written exam: 3 hours
  • open book
  • 40% of A-level

Non-exam assessment:

Two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. 20% of A-level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Adeyfield School directly.

Last updated date: 31 August 2016
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