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English Literature A Level at Marriotts School

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 21 February 2017
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