English Literature

Why study A level English literature?

The English literature A level course offers students the opportunity to undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of literature, including its changing traditions. You will need a passion for literature to enjoy this course, in conjunction with an interest in ideas and the world around you.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

There is an almost universal career application; English literature facilitates any career or course involving communication and critical thinking. Students often choose English literature for love of the subject; however gaining a qualification in English shows high levels of written and oral communications skills, invaluable when applying for university courses and when looking for future employment.  English literature students have gone on to careers in law, medicine, public relations, journalism, film and media and linguistics.


Course Details

The course is structured to encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies. Students will read widely and independently from areas of study including Shakespeare, 19th Century literature, poetry and American fiction.

Students will engage critically with a substantial body of texts, developing ways of responding and effectively applying their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation through written essays and extended coursework.

In order to further cultivate their own critical responses, students will explore literary and historic contexts surrounding the set texts, as well as exploring a range of readings and interpretations.


Key Information Summary:

Course TitleEnglish Literature
Examination BoardOCR
Linear Qualification?Yes
Course Webpagehttp://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-english-literature-h072-h472-from-2015/
Entry RequirementsGrade 5 GCSE in English literature
Contact TeacherMr D Spence   dspence@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk


Course Assessment

Students will complete the following units:

A-Level Component 1

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Shakespeare, drama and poetry pre-1900 (closed text)

A-Level Component 2

Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes (40% of A-level)

Close reading and comparative contextual study from chosen topic area: American Fiction 1880-1940 (closed text)

A-Level Component 3

Non-exam assessment: Linked texts essay and a piece of close analysis (20% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Literature post-1900

Contact Teacher

Mr D Spence