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A2 English Literature - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Academic pathway Subject - A Level Literature enables students to be inspired, motivated and challenged by reading widely across a range of texts. Students will undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of Literature including its changing traditions.

In the non examined assessment component, students
will have freedom of choice with regard to texts for study and the opportunity to write creatively.

Course content

A Level Component 1

Drama and Poetry Pre1900

One Shakespeare text, one pre1900 drama and one pre 1900 poetry are studied in this component. Analysis of dramatic effects and language are studied in close detail, alongside how the play has been interpreted by audiences over time. In addition to this a specific issue raised in a particular extract will be related to an understanding of the play as a whole.

A Level Component 2

Comparative and Contextual Study

In this component students will study one topic area such as American Literature, The Gothic, Dystopia, Women in Literature, The Immigrant Experience. Two texts will be studied from the chosen area.

Students will be encouraged to read widely and independently in their chosen topic area and will consider how attitudes and values are expressed.

A Level Component 3

Non Examination Assessment -Literature Post 1900

In this component students will study three texts. Students will have freedom of choice of one poetry, one prose and one drama text.

Students have the opportunity for creative writing in this component and may choose one text as the basis for a re-creative piece of writing or a critical piece of writing.

Students will exercise control over their choice of the other two texts and the task title for study.

Entry requirements

An average of 5- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 4s and 4 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a Grade 5 in English Language and a Grade 5 in English Literature at GCSE


Assessment in A Level is via both examination and non-examination assessment.

Component 1- 2 hrs 30 mins-40%

Section 1: Analysis of extract of set Shakespeare play + proposition question in relation to the whole play.

Section 2: One proposition question from a choice of six- two texts are compared within the proposition question.

Component 2- 2 hrs 30 mins-40%

Section 1: Unseen extract in topic area.

Section 2: Comparative essay. Answer one question from a choice of three on topic area.

Component 3- Non- examination assessment-20%

1.    Critical piece OR re-creative piece and commentary.

2.    Linked texts essay. Students choose texts and task title.

Future opportunities

English Literature A Level is a highly regarded facilitating subject accepted by ALL Russell Group universities for higher education.

English Literature is an excellent complementary subject for those wishing to study Sciences.

Many students studying English Literature A Level go on to study a wide range of courses at University such as: Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Teacher Training, Architecture, Classics, Economics, Law, Drama, Sociology, Politics, Psychology, Media, History, Theology and Geography and Medicine.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Sixth Form Department: or Tel: 01628-625308 ext. 651


How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACENLIT19
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