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English Literature AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

You will read, discuss and study a range of literary texts including at least 1 play by Shakespeare, a more modern drama text and a range of prose and poetry texts, written pre and post 1900.  Texts include ‘Othello’ by Shakespeare, ‘Death of a Salesman’ by  Arthur Miller and a range of poetry.

Entry requirements

To succeed at A level English Literature, you must be an enthusiastic, independent reader who is confident expressing their own interpretations of texts and who relishes debate and discussion. There will be a substantial amount of reading, much of which must be undertaken at home or in private study. You will need at least C grades at GCSE English Language and English Literature.    Students have often found the course very difficult to access if they have not achieved a grade B at GCSE. This is not a course suitable for those who have not studied English Literature at GCSE.


At AS you will be assessed in two 1½ hour written exams worth 50% each. One exam will be on 2 drama texts and the other on prose and poetry within either the genre of tragedy or comedy.

At A2 there is a 2½ hour exam on Literary Genres (either tragedy or comedy) and a 3 hour exam on either Elements of Crime Writing or Elements of Political Writing.  These are both worth 40% of the A level qualification; the other 20% is a non-exam assessment consisting of two 1200-1500 word coursework essays.

Future opportunities

English Literature is considered to be a facilitating subject by the Russell Group of universities.  It is a highly regarded, academic discipline that would prepare students for many degree subjects including English Literature, History, Law, Psychology, Philosophy and History of Art.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September