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English Literature

The English literature A level course has been designed to challenge, engage and nurture students’ understanding of a range of literary genres and texts. This course requires students to be enthusiastic reader, to work independently on their research skills and undertake a wider critical reading of set texts. Students are also expected to enhance their understanding of social, historical, cultural and literary context surrounding texts from a range of literary periods such as early modern literature (1500-1800s) to literature written in the 20th century and contemporary times.

Transition into Key Stage 5

The course is divided into four components one of the four components consists of a non-examination assessment that will account for 20% of the A level. The other three components are as follows:

English Literature at Key Stage 5

  • Component 1: Drama- students will be expected to study a Shakespeare play as well as one other play written by an early modern writer of the time. For this component students will also be expected to analyse critical essays in relation to the genre of their chosen Shakespeare play. This component accounts for 30% of the A level qualification.
  • Component 2: Prose- students will be expected to study two prose texts from a reading list provided by the exam board. One of the two texts must be a 19th century text, also both texts will relate to a particular theme. For this component students will be expected to write a comparative essay in the exam. This component accounts for 20% of the A level qualification.
  • Component 3: For this component students will study the poetic form, meaning and language of a selection of Post-2000 poetry and poetry of a literary period (either Pre- or Post-1900) or a named poet from a literary period. This component accounts for 30% of the A level qualification.

Non-examination assessment:

For the non-examination assessment students will be given the option of 2 texts they can study and write a 2500 - 3000-word essay on. Selected texts can be either poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction. These texts must be complete and can be linked by theme, movement or author. Students cannot use the same texts studied in the other three components of the course. This component accounts for 20% of the A level qualification.

Additional and recommended learning tools or reading

  • York Notes on your chosen texts – your teacher will confirm these for you.

Department Members

  • Miss L Mistry (Head of Department)
  • Miss M Rahman (Deputy Head of Department)
  • Ms L Yost (Assistant Headteacher)
  • Mr J Govinden (Head of Sociology)
  • Miss G Wickings
  • Miss A Suleman
  • Ms S Steward