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English Literature A Level at Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy

Course description


Exam Board


Course content


Love Through the Ages

Study of three texts: The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and post-1900 poetry anthology. Examination will also include two unseen poems.

Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day

Study of three texts: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, and Feminist Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy

Coursework: Independent critical study: Texts across time

Comparative critical study of two texts of your choice, one of which must have been written pre-1900

Entry requirements

B in English Language and English Literature


2x Exams, 1 x extended essay

Love Through the Ages: 3 hour written exam, worth 40% of A level

Modern Times: 2.5 hour written exam, worth 40% of A level

Coursework: One extended essay, worth 20% of A level 

Future opportunities

English Literature is a facilitating subject.Facilitating subjects are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. They can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree and many of the top universities will ask you to have at least one A-level in a facilitating subject when you apply.

Degree courses such as English, PPE, Journalism and Law 

Further information

Useful course combinations

Drama, History or Media Studies



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years