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English Literature A Level at Harton Technology College

Course description

The qualification requires students to study eight literary texts. Three of these have to be pre-1900 texts (including one Shakespeare play), plus one text first published or performed post-2000.

The requirement to study eight texts is met in the following way:

  • Component 1: Drama 1 Shakespeare and one other play
  • Component 2: Prose 3 Pre-1900 prose fiction 4 Prose fiction
  • Component 3: Poetry 5 Post-2000 specified poetry 6 Specified poetry (pre- or post-1900)
  • Coursework : Chosen text 8 Chosen text.

The pre-1900 requirement

In addition to their Shakespeare play and one pre-1900 prose text, students must study one further pre-1900 text from the available options in any one of the examined components.

Course content

Year 1:

Component 1: Poetry and Drama


  • Students will study a selection of poems from a published poetry text – ‘Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002-2011. They will develop their understanding of poetic form, content and meaning and their ability to make links and connections within their studied collection.


  • ‘A Streetcar named Desire’ Tennessee Williams


Component 2: Prose

  • Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on
  • Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, at least one of which must be pre -1900
  • ‘Mrs Dalloway’ Virginia Woolf
  • ‘Wuthering Heights’ Emily Bronte


Year 2

Component 3: Poetry

  • Students study pre and post 1900 poetry and focus on a named poet (Keats)
  • Students also prepare for unseen poetry.
  • Students answer 1 of a choice of 2 questions in Section A and Section B
  • Section A: Post 1900 comparison with unseen poem
  • Section B: Pre/Post 1900 Poetry


Component 4: Coursework

  • Students produce a 2500-3000 word essay response to two literary texts which are not covered elsewhere on the course.
  • Students are guided to Pride and Prejudice or The Kite Runner as starting points.


Entry requirements

  • To access level three courses at Harton 6th Form, students need to obtain a minimum GCSE only Average Point Score (APS) of 6 (from the best 8 GCSE results).
  • Students should have at least GCSE grade 5 in both English and mathematics.


AS Level:

Component 1: Poetry and Drama

  • 60% total AS qualification
  • 2 hour written examination (Open Book)
  • Total of 72 marks available – 24 from Section A and 48 marks for Section B

Component 2: Prose

  • Written examination 1 hour.
  • Open book – clean copies of the prose texts can be taken into the
  • Total of 40 marks available.


A Level:

Component 3: Poetry

  • Students answer 1 of a choice of 2 questions in Section A and Section B
  • This is an open book exam.

Component 4: Coursework

  • Students produce a 2500-3000 word essay 





How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harton Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016

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