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English Literature AS and A Level at Tapton School

Course description

At AS Level, students will focus on Literary Genres, studying Aspects of Tragedy.  Four texts must be studied:  one Shakespeare play, one other drama text, one prose text and one selection of poetry.  All texts will be selected from a prescribed list.

At A Level, students will focus on three seperate aspects of literary study. 

Component 1 is based around Literary Genres, and will require students to study either Aspects of Comedy or Tragedy.  Three texts must be studied: a Shakespeare play, a second drama text and one further text.  One of the two further texts must have been written pre 1900.  All texts will be selected from a prescribed list.  This is assessed in a 2.5 hour, closed book examination. 

Component 2 will introduce candidates to Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime or Political and Social Protest Writing.  Again, three texts must be studied: one post-2000 prose text, one poetry text and one further text.  At least one of the texts must have been written pre-1900.  This is a 3 hour open book examination.

Component 3, titled 'Theory and Independence', is the Non-Examination Assessment unit.  Students are required to produce two pieces of work, each on a different literary text.  One of the texts must be poetry and one prose.  Each text must be linked to an area of Critical Theory.

Course content

Please see Course Description. 

Entry requirements

5 in English Literature and 5 in English Language.

Completion of AS to grade E or above is needed to progress to the A Level.


At AS Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations, each worth 50% of the final AS grade.  Each examination lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and comprises of two distinct tasks.

At A Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations and two pieces of Non Examination Assessment.  Each examination involves three seperate tasks, lasts for between 2.5 and 3 hours, and comprises 40% of the final A Level grade.  The NEA is worth the remaining 20% of the final A Level mark.

Future opportunities

As well as a degree in English, English Literature, links with a range of subjects in Higher Education, both academic and vocational: a wide range of options available with or without a degree:  Law, Accountancy, Marketing, Personnel/Human Resources, Media, Banking, Local Government, Civil Service, Charities, Insurance, Retailing, The Arts - and Teaching.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 15 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, 2 years for A Level