Why choose this subject?

This is your course because you can’t put a book down or you want to know how language can manipulate your feelings. You will study and gain insight into a wide range of texts from all over the world.  All exams are essay based and require a close analysis of a variety of texts.  In each year, there is also a coursework module where students are required to produce a coursework folder of 3000 words, covering 3 different poetry and prose texts.

Combine this course with:                              Drama, History, a Language, Economics …

Essential if you go on to:                                Journalism, Teaching, Law, Personnel Management, the Media.


Course Description

A Level English Literature

The course aims to provide students with the opportunities to:

  • Read widely and independently over a range of literary texts, demonstrating an appreciation for their cultural and historical backgrounds.
  • Engage critically and creatively with a variety of texts and ways of responding to them.
  • Develop and effectively apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in your writing.
  • Attend theatrical productions and places of historical and cultural interest that will help you explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations of them.

The course is assessed through two examination papers and one component that is a non-examined assessment:

  • Component 01: Learners are required to demonstrate their detailed knowledge and understanding of a Shakespeare play. For Section 2, the texts (drama and poetry pre 1900) have been chosen carefully so that they illuminate one another and so that learners are able to establish connections between their chosen texts from the genres of drama and poetry. Learners are expected to demonstrate their appreciation of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on the writers, readers and/or audiences and be able to explore relationships between their chosen texts. This section requires learners to read texts in a variety of ways and respond critically and creatively.
  • Component 02: Learners choose one topic and study at least two whole texts in their chosen topic area, at least one of which must be from the core set text list. For the second text, learners may choose to study the other core set text or they may choose another text, from the same topic area, from the list of suggested set texts.
  • Component 03: Encourages individual study, interest and enjoyment of modern literature. Texts and task titles for post-1900 Literature are chosen by the learner in discussion with their teacher but all texts and task titles must be checked by OCR. Learners are required to study three literary texts (one text for Task 1 and two texts for Task 2).  The three texts must include one prose text, one poetry text and one drama text.  Each of the texts must have been first published or performed in 1900 or later and at least one of these texts must have been first published or performed in 2000 or later.