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English Literature - A Level at Lipson Co-operative Academy

Course description

Do you enjoy reading and studying a wide range of poetry, prose and drama texts? Do you want to develop your analytical skills and see texts in the context of the time they were written? The A Level English Literature course will help you to do all of this and more.

Course content

This A Level is a two year option with all of your formal assessments taking place at the end of the second year.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE grade B or above in English Language
  • GCSE grade B or above in English Literature
  • 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C


Exam 1: Love Through The Ages One poetry collection, one prose text (one written pre 1900), one Shakespeare play and two unseen poems.

3 hours

Open Book for Section C only

Section A Shakespeare passage based question

Section B Unseen Poetry (comparing two unseen poems)

Section C Comparing Texts, one essay question

Exam 2: Texts in Shared Contexts - Modern Times, 1945 to present day One prose text, one poetry collection and one drama text (one of which is post-2000)

2 hours and 30 minutes

Open book exam

Section A One essay question on set text.

Section B One compulsory question on an unseen extract One essay question linking two texts

Non-Exam Assessment: Independent Critical Study

Comparative critical study of two texts of your own choice; at least one written pre 1900. One extended essay (2500 words and a bibliography)

Future opportunities

Many career opportunities are open to you with A Level English Literature, such as Journalism, Publishing, Media, Law, Business and Education. This course will also enable you to progress onto a degree course in English Literature or related studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lipson Co-operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September