English Literature

English Literature (EDEXCEL)

Do you love reading stories or going to the theatre? Are you interested in other people’s imaginations, thoughts and ideas?…

English Literature (EDEXCEL)

Do you love reading stories or going to the theatre?Are you interested in other people’s imaginations, thoughts and ideas?

English Literature enables you to become a sophisticated reader who understands that literature is the product of exciting and imaginative thinking.

It gives you the opportunity to explore and analyse great literary writing – poetry, novels and plays – and to discuss it with other people.

Course Content & Assessment:

Component 1 DRAMA - Examination: 2 Hours 15
Section A Shakespeare
One essay question, incorporating ideas from wider critical reading.
Section B: Other drama
One essay question.

Component 2 PROSE – Examination: 1 Hour 15
One comparative essay question from a choice of two on your chosen theme.

Component 3 POETRY – Examination: 2 Hours 15
Section A: Post 2000 poetry
One comparative essay question on an unseen modern poem written post-2000 and one named poem from the studied contemporary text
Section B: Specified poetry
One essay question

Component 4 NON EXAMINATION ASSESSMENT 2500-3000 words.
Extended comparative essay based on the reading of two texts.


The classes will involve a range of different teaching approaches. You will be asked to read the set texts in preparation for lessons and to take part in whole group and small group discussions. You will explore novels, plays and poetry in active and creative ways. You will analyse examples of excellent wok completed by your peers. You will be expected to be a confident, enthusiastic and independent reader.

Your Future:

People who can analyse written material, synthesise ideas and construct an argument can apply their skills to many different professions. This course develops these and other related skills. Many universities offer courses linked to this A Level: English Literature is the most obvious, but the wide reaching benefits of the subject make it a desirable A Level for many other courses including Law, Journalism and other careers in the media, as well as any communications based professions.