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English Literature A level at Hartismere School

Course description

The course will enable you to:


·        develop your interest and enjoyment of English Literature

·        develop you as an independent, informed and confident reader of literary texts

·        develop a clear philosophy of reading and meaning

·        to understand the importance of social, historical and cultural influences on readers and writers

·        to understand the context of readers and writers and explore ways in which meaning is both produced and received, individually and generally



Course content

Component 1 (The AS course content will be covered in year 12)


Written examination: 2 hours (120 marks)

30% of qualification 

Component 2


Written examination: 2 hours (120 marks)

30% of qualification 

Component 3

Unseen Texts

Written examination: 2 hours (80 marks)

20% of qualification 

Component 4

Prose Study

Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 word assignment (80 marks)

20% of qualification

This is a piece of coursework of 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts by different authors, one published pre-2000 and one published post-2000.


Entry requirements

GCSE English grade A*, A or B.


Assessment is through a mix of exam and one piece of extended coursework. 

Future opportunities

Students with A Level English Literature have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities.  You will learn and use a wide variety of transferable skills during the course.  These include developing writing skills, responding to literary, non-fiction and spoken texts, expressing informed and independent opinions, identifying and understanding the links between literature and language and understanding the context, history and development of English Literature.  These skills are in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right.


English Literature can be studied as a single subject in higher education or can be combined with English Language or a wide variety of other subjects.  It would form a good basis for study in any arts-based subject in combination with, for example, history, media studies, philosophy, law, politics or foreign languages.



Many students will also use their qualification to go straight into employment rather than higher education.  A wide range of occupations is open to students with A Level Literature.  This can also include the opportunity to receive further training in areas such as journalism, the media or law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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