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AS and A Level English Literature



Course code:

AS Level: 9695,  A2 Level: 9695


2 years (full A level) or 1 year (AS level)

Aims of the course:

Students following the A and AS Level English syllabus will study a range of texts in the three main forms: prose, poetry and drama. Set texts are offered from a wide range of different periods and cultures. Students will develop skills of reading and analysis of texts, and are encouraged to undertake wider reading to aid understanding of the texts studied. They will learn skills of effective and appropriate communication including the ability to discuss the critical context of texts.  

Topics covered:

AS level

Paper 3 covers work by a poet and a novelist.

Paper 4 covers work two dramatists.

A2 level

Paper 5 covers one work by Shakespeare and one other pre-20th Century writer.

Paper 8 Coursework requires two works to be studied and written about separately, in a submission of 3,000 words.


By examination: Papers 3 & 4 taken in May/June.

By examination: Paper 5 taken in May/June and Coursework, submitted by April 30th.

Assessment details:

Paper 3

2 hours
two essays on different texts

Paper 4
2 hours
two essays on different texts

A level
Paper 5

2 hours
two essays on different texts

Paper 8 Coursework
3,000 words
two essays on different texts


All of the examinations are closed therefore texts may not be taken into the exam. The Coursework options are student centred and demonstrate their individual interests in the literature studied.

Leads to:

An A-level English Literature course provides not only an 'in depth' study of texts from a wide range of cultures and times but also aims to develop those skills essential for a successful university career in: journalism, advertising, marketing and PR work, arts administration, library and information management, the legal profession, editing and publishing, teaching, the dramatic arts.