Accessibility links

English Literature A-Level at Kendrick Academy

Course description

This course is based around discussion and wide, independent reading. Students are encouraged to develop the intellectual confidence to explore writers’ purposes, techniques, contexts, themes and effects on an increasingly complex and abstract level, partly through the exploration of alternative interpretations, critical views and theatre productions.

Course content

A Level

Unit 1 Drama and Poetry pre-1900 (40%)

  •  A Shakespeare play
  •  Comparison of a play and a poet.

Unit 2 Comparative and Contextual Study (40%)

  •  An essay exploring connections between two set twentieth century novels, based around a particular topic; eg. Women, America
  •  An essay on an unseen prose extract based on the chosen topic, involving both close and wider reading.

Unit 3 Coursework (20%)

  •  A flexible choice of texts (with one being post-2000), covering all 3 genres.
  •  A close reading or recreative piece with commentary.
  •  Comparison of two texts.

AS Level

Unit 1 (50%)
Shakespeare and poetry: two separate essays (same text list as A level)

Unit 2 (50%)
Modern prose (texts drawn from Unit 2 in the full A Level) and Modern drama (This text will also be used in the coursework for the A Level, to enable full co-teachability). Two separate essays.



  • 60% examination
  • 40% coursework

Future opportunities

This is a key subject for students planning to study the humanities, law or languages at university and it highly respected at all major institutions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years