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English Literature at The Arnewood School

Course description

The syllabus followed and outlined below is Edexcel. It is a text-based course which focuses on both classic and modern literature. 
From 2015 this course is linear.  To achieve the full A level all exams/coursework will be completed in Year 13. A stand-alone  AS is available at the end of Year 12.

By studying Literature you will become expert at reading and responding to a wide variety of texts; at interpreting, analysing and gathering and assessing evidence; and  at working independently and creatively.

In the real world, including the world of work, we are bombarded with texts; the skills
that you will learn, therefore, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.


Course content

  • Component 1 Drama

Study of two plays (at least one by Shakespeare) and a collection of critical essays relating to tragedy or comedy. (Assessed by 2 hour exam – 30% total qualification)

  • Component 2 Prose

Study of two prose texts from a chosen theme, at least one must be pre 1900. (Assessed by 1 hour exam – comparative essay – 20% of total qualification)

  • Component 3 Poetry

Response to an Unseen poem AND study of poetry from a literary
period or by a named poet. (Assessed by 2 hour exam – 30% total qualification)

  • Coursework Free choice of two texts from any genre(s)

One extended comparative essay referring to two texts (2500-3000 words, internally assessed)

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above is preferred (which must include English and English Literature)


As outlined above. In addition, students may sit a stand-alone AS level at the end of Year 12, by sitting component 2 and a hybrid paper from  components 1 and 3 (One drama question based on Shakespeare play studied / One question responding to an unseen poem).

Future opportunities

You can apply to do a degree in a wide range of subjects, such as English, journalism, Media and Communication Studies or Law. You can also apply for a job with training in the public and voluntary sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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