English Literature A Level at Marriotts School
The main reasons for studying English Literature are as follows:
- Develops reading and analytical skills
- Develops creativity and thinking skills
- English Literature as a subject is respected by employers and universities
- It is interesting and engaging
- It is challenging.
Your course will be divided into three distinct units:
- Paper 1: Love through the ages
Study of three texts: a selection of pre1900 poetry and one prose text (The Great Gatsby) and one Shakespeare play (The Taming of the Shrew). The exam will include two unseen poems.
- Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
Study of three texts based around the theme of WWI and its aftermath: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000. The exam will include an unseen extract.
- Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time
One extended essay (2,500 words) that is a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.
You will need B grades in both English Language and English Literature.
Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both assessed by external examination. Each unit is worth 40% of the final A level. The non-exam assessment is assessed as a piece of coursework and is worth 20% of the final A level.
People who have studied English Literature have gone on to careers in the following areas: journalism, publishing, media and television, education, advertising and the legal profession.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Marriotts School directly.