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Course description

Students begin the course by studying two modern novels and analysing narrative structure. There is also a Shakespeare play to read and study. At A2, students enjoy the independent study unit which allows individual choice of text and negotiated essay titles. Students learn the basics of literary theory and how to apply this to a text of their choice.

Entry requirements

A minimum B grade in English Literature or English is required to study A Level Literature though it is preferable to have achieved a grade A or A*. The motivation to read, however, has to be a core requirement. It is worth pointing out to prospective students that A Level study of Literature really comes down to reading and writing about novels, plays and poetry – some of which may be challenging to the student. Persistence and the maturity to understand how reading more demanding texts will develop strong critical skills are key qualities that students should possess, or be willing to develop.


80% of the A Level is assessed by exam; a portfolio of two essays, each approximately 1500 words in length, is also required. This makes up the final 20% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

English Literature is recognised by top universities as a core subject. Students often combine Literature with a humanities subject such as History. An A Level in Literature is a suitable qualification for degrees in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensmead School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

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