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English Literature A level at Enfield County School

Course description

It is appropriate for those students who wish to broaden their minds, enjoy reading and wish to pursue their own interests in literature.   Students who wish to develop their ability to assess texts, analyse prose and poetry as well as productions of plays and to communicate their ideas and opinions effectively in writing will benefit from the course.

Course content

Students will study a broad range of Poetry, Prose and Drama from Chaucer to the present day.  They will have the opportunity to produce coursework and to improve their skills in textual analysis of both prepared and unseen texts.  Lessons are directed to individual modes of study as well as group interaction in the form of discussion and role-play.

Component 1


Drama and poetry pre-1900

(01)* Written paper 60 marks

Closed text - 2h30 exam

Component 2

Close reading in chosen topic area

Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area

(02)* Written paper 60 marks

Closed text - 2h30 exam 

Component 3

Close reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary

Comparative essay

Literature post-1900

(03)* 40 marks

Non examined assessment

Entry requirements

Those students who have studied GCSE English Literature will find that the skills they have learned will prove a valuable foundation for further studies at this level.  We require GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and English Literature.  


The course is assessed through examinations and coursework.

Future opportunities

English Literature is a popular qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education or for further study; it is directly valuable in areas such as education, publishing, journalism, media and all professional careers requiring sound communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Enfield County School directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years