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English Literature at Trinity Academy

Course description

Below you will find some information regarding the A-Level Literature course. Please note that there are some entry requirements for this course.

Course content

As part of this course, you will look at a wide range of English Literature. This A-Level will see you exploring both pre-twentieth and post-twentieth century poetry, prose and drama texts.
At AS :
 There is one exam with two questions. The first part of the exam relates to the post twentieth century drama text studied and the second part is a comparative question relating to the post-twentieth century poetry texts studied. This accounts for 30% of the A-Level. It is an open text exam which means you will have access to ‘clean’ copies of the text.
 You will produce two pieces of coursework. The first will see you comparing a pre-twentieth century prose text to another prose text of your choice and the second is a creative response to a prose text of your choice. This accounts for 20% of the A-Level.
At A2 you will cover are:
 One exam of two questions where you will answer one question on Shakespeare and compare it to another pre-twentieth century prose text. In the second question you will be asked to choose a poem from a choice of five and compare it to the poetry of a pre-twentieth century poet you have studied in class. This is a closed text exam, which means you may not take texts in with you.
 One piece of coursework comparing one pre-twentieth poetry text with two other texts from any other period or genre.

Entry requirements

In addition to or as part of five A* - C GCSE grades, you should hold at least a grade B in Literature and a C or above in GCSE English Language.


This course has a mixture of exams and coursework as detailed above. During this course you will develop your written argument skills. It is important that you enjoy reading, as the main focus of the course is discussing and debating the issues raised by both present and past authors.

Future opportunities

With debating skills a key focus, many students who undertake this course go on to degrees in Law, English and other humanities subjects that require a high standard of essay writing skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September