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English Literature A level at Liverpool College

Course description

We currently follow the OCR English Literature specification. You will study a wide range of plays, poems and prose about a variety of themes, written in many different styles. You will develop your written skills through the essays that you write, but also your ability to analyse, discuss and present your ideas to others. We hope that you will become more confident in communicating your opinions and that you will have a better understanding and knowledge of our great literary heritage.

You will enjoy this subject if you have enjoyed English Literature at GCSE and love reading. You should be someone who likes discussing, analysing and writing about literary texts. We want you to be someone who has opinions about what you are reading. We will look at how writers communicate their ideas to us; how they entertain, educate and sometimes even shock us with their words. English Literature combines well with most other subjects and is popular with universities as it shows you can communicate well in both speech and writing.

Course content

Unit 1: Poetry and Prose 1800-1945

Poetry: candidates answer one question on one poem. Prose: candidates answer one question to demonstrate knowledge of a literary text in relation to an interpretation and social and historical factors.

Unit 2: Literature post-1900

Two tasks, Task 1: Close reading with commentary (approx. 1000 words). Task 2: an essay on linked literary texts (approx. 2000 words)

Unit 3: Drama and Poetry pre- 1800

Section A: Candidates are required to write an essay on a Shakespeare play, demonstrating relevant knowledge and understanding of the text, structure and form, and others‟ interpretations of the play.
Section B: Candidates are required to write an essay that is a comparative study of one drama and one poetry text.

Unit 4: Texts in Time

Candidates are required to submit an extended, individual essay of a maximum of 3000 words. Candidates are required to make a comparative analysis of three texts.


At AS level the current texts include poetry by Emily Dickinson as well as the novels 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy and „Heart of Darkness‟ by Joseph Conrad‟. At A2 you will study two units, one looking closely at Shakespeare‟s writing and the other based on your own wider reading.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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