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English Literature A Level at Lady Manners School

Course description

Paper One: Aspects of tragedy/comedy

  • Three texts: Shakespeare - e.g. Othello/King Lear
  • Drama Text - e.g. Death of a Salesman
  • One futher text - pre 1900 – e.g. poetry of Keats

Paper Two: Texts and Genres Elements of crime writing / political and Social protest writing

Three texts:

  • Post 2000 prose e.g. Kite Runner
  • Poetry e.g. Blake (also pre 1900)
  • One further text – e.g. The Handmaid’s Tale

Non Exam Component

Two essays of between 1500-2000 words each, based on the study of two separate texts: one poetry one prose and informed by the study of a critical anthology

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 or higher in English Literature or English Language.


  • Paper One: Closed book exam: 2hrs 30 minuntes 40% of A Level
  • Paper Two: Texts and Genres 40% of A Level
  • Non Exam Component: 20% of A Level

Future opportunities

English Literature is a highly respected course which provides a good foundation for not only English courses at university, but also for other subjects within humanities.

It is a course which prepares students effectively for careers in education, law journalism and the media amongst others.

English Literature is listed by the Russell Group as a facilitating subject, which means it helps gain admission to a wide variety of competitive higher education courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 January 2017

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