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English Literature A level at Nottingham Girl's Academy

Course description

If you enjoy reading and would like to study a wide range of novels, poetry and drama, then English literature A level will offer you both interest and challenge.

Course content

Units covered at AS

  • Unit 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry.
  • Unit 2: Love through the Ages: Prose.

In Year 12 you will study a Shakespeare play, such as ‘Othello’ or ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, an anthology of love poetry and two prose texts. There is a wide selection of prose texts available to study, from the 19th Century ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte to modern novels such as ‘The Rotter’s Club’ by Jonathan Coe or ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan.

Additional Units covered for A level

  • Texts in shared contexts
  • Independent critical study: Texts across time.

In Year 13 your teachers will select one option from either World War 1 and its aftermath, focusing on texts written during and after the war, or Modern Times: literature from 1945 to the present day, focusing on texts that reflect the social, political and moral changes in our world since the end of the Second World War. In addition, you will write a comparative critical study of two texts. This is an independent critical study and you will work with your teachers to choose a theme and texts that reflect your interests.

Entry requirements

5 + A* to C grades at GCSE including B grade or above in English.


There are two examinations:

  • Paper 1 – Love through the ages (3 questions in 3 hours), worth 40% of the A Level.
  • Paper 2 – Texts in shared contexts (3 questions in 2 hours 30 minutes) worth 40% of the A Level.

Plus an Independent Critical Study – non examined assessment worth 20% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

English Literature dovetails with any other subject and is traditionally regarded as one of the most flexible vocational subjects. It can be the basis for very many careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nottingham Girl's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years