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English Literature at Longbenton Community College

Course description


Paper 1: Literary Genres Drama

Paper 1 focuses on Aspects of Tragedy. They will study one Shakespeare play (pre 1900) and one further drama text.

Paper 2: Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry Again students will focus on Aspects of Tragedy. They will study one prose text and one poetry text.

This course will allow students to read widely and independently, engage critically and creatively with set texts and wider reading, develop and apply own knowledge and explore the contexts of texts and different interpretations of them.


Paper 1: Literary Genres Drama

Paper 1 focuses on Aspects of Tragedy. Students study three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be pre-1900. Students will have studied at least two of these already while studying AS. Students will answer three questions.

Paper 2: Texts and Genres

Students will study either Elements of crime writing or elements of political writing. They will study 3 texts: one post 2000 prose text, one poetry and one further text one which must be pre-1900. The exam will include an unseen passage.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to CA* to B grades are required in English Literature and English Language


The AS exam leads to a stand-alone qualification and does not contribute to the final A Level grade.

You will sit 2 exams:

Paper 1: 1hr 30 mins, closed book, 50 marks, 50% of AS level.

Paper 2:: 1 hr 30 mins, open book, 50 marks, 50% of AS level


Students will sit two written exams.

Paper 1: 2 hrs 30 mins, closed book, 75 marks, 40% of A level.

Paper 2: 3 hrs, open book, 75 marks, 40% of A level.

Non-exam assessment: Study of two texts, one poetry and one prose text, informed by a study of the Critical Anthology. Two essays of 1250-1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to an aspect of the Critical Anthology.

Further information

Please speak to your English teacher for more information about the course and to have any further questions you may have answered. They will also be able to recommend background reading that you should embark on prior to starting the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years