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English Literature Edexcel AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The study of a wide variety of Literature that will build on your skills of analysis and interpretation to appreciate works from a range of genres and eras.

Those who study English Literature at A Level gain a critical appreciation of both our literary heritage and contemporary works. Studying English will develop your skills in putting forward clear arguments, both in written and oral form.

Unlike in previous incarnations AS and A level are 2 stand-alone subjects. 

Students sitting the full A-level will be examined at the end of their course and will have to complete a 20% coursework component while students who are sitting AS (40% of the value of a full A-level) will be examined at the end of their year and will not have coursework to complete.

Course content

Component 1: Drama

  • Students study one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy – both texts may be selected from one or both of these categories.
  • Critical essays related to their selected Shakespeare play. Students’ preparation is supported by Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Tragedy or Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Comedy

Component 2: Prose

  • Students study two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre- 1900.

Component 3: Poetry

  • Students study a selection of post-2000 specified poetry and a specified range of poetry from: either a literary period (either pre- or post-1900) or a named poet from within a literary period.

Component 4: Coursework

  • Students have a free choice of two texts to study
  • Students produce one comparative essay referring to two texts
  • Advisory total word count is 2500–3000 words.




Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.


Component 1: Drama

  • Written examination
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • 30% of total qualification
  • Open book – clean copies of the drama texts can be taken into the examination.
  • The Critical Anthology must not be taken into the examination.

Component 2: Prose

  • Written examination
  • 1 hour
  • 20% of total qualification
  • Open book – clean copies of the prose texts can be taken into the examination.

Component 3: Poetry

  • Written examination
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • 30% of total qualification
  • Open book – clean copies of the poetry texts can be taken into the examination.

Component 4: Coursework

  • 20% of total qualification


Future opportunities

English Literature is a subject that can lead into many different careers, including; public relations, journalism, advertising, acting, teaching, publishing, PR, theatre in education, politics and film. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.


      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.