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English Literature A Level at Farlingaye High School

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to develop academic insight and personal understanding of key questions.

You will be encouraged to communicate your ideas in clear discussion, to exercise critical jusdgement and refine analytical skills in written work and to think creatively as you develop a personal response to a variety of texts.

You will also develop an understanding of the importance of context as you will study texts from different times and genres.

Course content

AS Level

Component 1:

  • Pre- and Post-1900 Prose(two hour exam; closed book, 50% of qualification).
  • You will study two texts, one from each time period, and answer a question on each. 

Component 2:

  • Poetry and Drama (two hour exam; open and closed book, 50% of qualification).
  • You will study two texts, one poetry (post 1900), one drama (post 1900), and a nswer a question on each.


A Level

Component 1

  • Poetry (two hour exam; open book, 30% of qualificaiton)
  • You will answer two questions, one on your AS poetry text, and a second, pre- 1900 poetry text and a second, pre 1900 poetry text.

Component 2

  • Drama (two hour exam; closed book, 30% of qualification)
  • You will answer two questions, one on your AS drama text paired with a second, pre-1900 drama text, and a question on a Shakespearian play

Component 3

  • Unseen texts (two hour exam, 20% of qualification)
  • You will prepare to respond to unseen prose, drama and poetry texts.

Component 4:

  • Prose Study (Coursework, 20% of qualification)
  • You will complete a 2,500-3,500 words assignment, comparing your pre-1900 prose AS text to another. 

Entry requirements

(GCSE grades) English Literature B and English Language C


AS: 100% written examinations

A Level: 80% written examinations, 20% coursework

Future opportunities

Studying Literature will enhance your understanding of many other subjects.

Literature A Level is seen by universities as a rigorous academic subject as it not only deepens and broadens your understanding of literature from different periods but also develops essay-writing and analytical / critical skills.

These are essential for careers in law, journalism, media, advertising, politics, philosophy, education and the civil service, to name but a few. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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