A Level English Literature

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Unit 1 – Prose and Drama

Prose –  As part of the Prose Fiction Pre-1900 Study, learners will study Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ and learn how to analyse novels in a variety of ways, responding critically and creatively. Learners will also develop different interpretations of texts and contexts, including evaluating the impact of contexts of production and reception in terms of the novel itself.

Drama – in terms of analysing the structure of Plays, candidates will also learn how to apply different critical theories to Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Street Car Named Desire’. As with the analysis of the novel form, a study of this play will involve not only evaluating how Form, Structure and Language shapes meanings, but also how contexts of production and reception shape the text itself.

Through Unit 1, Critical theories such as Marxist, Feminist, Gender Theory and Psychoanalytical Theory will be explored as part of evaluation of the texts studied.

Written Examination:  2 Hours (closed book)


Unit 2 – Poetry Post 1900

Through this unit, learners will study a wide range of poems from two rather ‘diverse’ poets: Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Larkin. Learners will be assessed in terms of their critical analysis las well as their ability to compare and contrast. Likewise, the skills of how writers adapt Structure, Form and Language for effect will be assessed in the Examinations. Furthermore, the comparative element will see learners showing the ways in which poems relate to one another and how cultural and contextual factors can influence the various ways in which readers might respond.

Written Examination:  2 Hours (open book, clean copy)                                                                                                                  

Unit 3 – Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry

Building on the concepts of Poetry analysis and the ways in which different ‘perspectives’ are applied to Poetry (in AS), Y13 learners will further develop and hone these skills at A2. Rossetti’s Poetry has proved to be a particular favourite in the past, with learners analysing the ways in which Critical theories such as Feminist, Marxist, Gender Theory and Psychoanalytic Theory can be applied to poems.  As with AS, evaluation of links between text and context will be developed further as learners progress through the Units in A2.

Written Examination: 2 hours (closed book)


Unit 4 – Shakespeare

Also proving highly popular is ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ as candidates analyse how meanings are shaped through Language, Form and Structure in Shakespeare’s tragic tale of love versus duty. Additionally, learners will also analyse and evaluate the cultural and contextual influences on audiences and readers as they explore the play’s key themes and how conflict leads to the protagonists’ tragic ends.

Written Examination: 2 hours (closed book)


Unit 5  – Prose Study – Independent Coursework

Learners will submit a 2500- 3500-word assignment, based on the reading of two prose texts by different authors. This enables learners to pursue wider reading that is of interest to them and undertake independent studies of literary texts. Learners will choose their own ‘partner text’ to compare and contrast with the highly popular core prose text McEwan’s ‘Atonement’.

Non Examination Assessment :  2500- 3500 word assignment  – internally assessed and externally moderated.


Entry Requirements

B Grade in English Literature or Language is desirable. C grade at GCSE would be considered.

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