Subject Information

The A level Literature course allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment. Students will experience a range of genres and gain a critical appreciation of a number of writers and texts. The A level course in Literature offers a range of assessment styles such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches.


Year 12 and 13 Units:

Aspects of tragedy

Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

Elements of crime writing

Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900

Critical Thinking

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.

·         2 written exams: 2 hours 30 minutes/3 hours

·         Coursework

·         1 closed book/1 open book

·         Two essays of 1250 -1500 words,


Students with an A level English Literature qualification find opportunities with many different employers. Public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organisations employ English graduates in a range of roles, including administration; research; finance; general management. Other typical employers include: publishing companies; advertising marketing and public relations agencies; media organisations.

Further Information

The major strength of all English Literature graduates is the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Studying an English Literature A-level also develops skills in:

  • independent working;
  • time management and organisation;
  • planning and researching written work;
  • articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories;
  • leading and participating in discussions;
  • negotiation and teamworking to present ideas and information;
  • effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively;
  • using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives;
  • critical reasoning and analysis

Please see:

  • Mr Gribbin
  • Mr Burrows
  • Mr Dine
  • Miss Armstrong
  • Mr Robson