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English Literature A level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

This qualification gives you the opportunity to study literature across the genres of prose, poetry and drama, and to read around concepts of literature and literary analysis.

English Literature combines well with many other subjects - History, Classics and Modern Foreign Languages are particularly suitable, but it can also be a valuable contrast to scientific, technological and economics-based subjects.

If you are considering going on to Higher Education, the English Literature qualification provides a wide range of opportunities for degree courses in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The English Literature qualification is also welcomed for many different careers because it emphasises creativity, disciplined thought and communication, plus an ability to synthesise and contextualise ideas.

Course content


Component 1


Drama and Poetry Pre 1900

1 hour 30 mins closed text examination. (60 marks)

50% of total AS level

Component 2

Drama post 1900

Prose Post 1900


1 hour 45 mins closed text examination. (60 marks)

50% of total A-level


Component 1


Drama and Poetry Pre 1900

2 hours 30 mins closed text examination. (60 marks)

40% of total A level

Component 2

Close reading in chosen topic area (Dystopia, women in Literature, the immigrant experience or American Literature)

Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area


Comparative and contextual study

Closed text examination (60 marks)

2 hours 30 mins

40% of total A-level

Component 3

Critical piece or re-creative writing piece with commentary

Plus a comparative essay

Literature post 1900

40 marks

Non examined unit

20% of total essay


Entry requirements

Potential candidates must foster an enjoyment of literature and have at least a B grade at GCSE.


2 closed text examinations (80%) and a coursework folder

Future opportunities

·         Arts, humanities and social sciences including law at University.

·         The skills acquired in studying English Literature will be an asset to many                career paths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.