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English Literature (Edexcel)

Reading helps us to learn, understand and appreciate other people, places and lives. Every historical period, geographical setting and human experience is recorded somewhere in words if not in print. Appreciating the experiences of others can tell us a lot about ourselves.
Recent English Literature students have gone on to study for degrees in English, media, education, law and politics.

A Level
The A Level builds on the work completed in Year 12 and includes:
Component 1: Drama
One Shakespeare play – we are studying “Othello”.
One other play – we are studying “Dr Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe
Students will compose a selection of essays related to their plays
Assessment: Written exam, 2 hours 15 mins. 30% of A Level

Component 2: Prose
Two prose texts from the chosen theme of ‘The Supernatural’, at least one must be pre-1900. We are studying “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde and “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters
Assessment: Written exam, 1 hour, 20% of A Level

Component 3: Poetry
Students will prepare for an unseen poem and study a range of poetry including our named poet, Philip Larkin and an Anthology of post 2000 poetry from different poets
Assessment: Written exam, 2 hours 15 mins- 30% of A Level

Component 4: Coursework
Assessment: An essay comprising 2500-3000 words on two texts of the student’s own choice, 20% of A Level

Minimum Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Updated January 2019