Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 in both GCSE English Language
and GCSE English Literature
Mr D Dwyer

The A-Level English Literature course aims to encourage deep learning through a selection of demanding texts which empower and encourage thought provoking debate amongst students. From this, students become empowered to develop and transfer these skills through essay writing and oral presentations during the study of eight literary texts and unseen poetry.

The course is assessed by way of three externally examined papers and one piece of coursework. Each of these are described below.


Component 1: Drama

This component covers one Shakespearean play and one other drama from the genre of tragedy, including Dr Faustus (A text) by Christopher Marlowe (ISBN-10: 0582817803, ISBN-13:978-0582817807) and Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The study of a Shakespearean play will be supported by a Critical Anthology on either genre. This component is assessed by a 2 hour and 15 minute open book examination, answering two essay questions (one on each play studied). The component is worth 30% of the final A-Level mark.


Component 2: Prose

This component studies two texts from a chosen theme. At Campion, we choose to study Women and Society, with Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D’Urbervilles (pre-1900) and Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. This component is assessed by a 1 hour open book examination. Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on their studied theme. The component is worth 20% of the final A-Level mark.


Component 3: Poetry

This component explores poetic form, meaning and language for both contemporary poetry (post-2000) and a range of poetry from either a specified poet or literary period. At Campion we choose to study T.S. Eliot (T.S. Eliot: Selected Poems – Faber: ISBN 9780571247059) and poetry from the anthology Poems of the
Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002 – 2011 (ISBN-10: 0571325408, ISBN-13: 978-0571325405). This component is examined by a 2 hour and 15 minute open book examination. It is worth 30% of the final A-Level mark.



Students study two texts that are linked by theme, genre, and ideas and produce a comparative essay between 2500 and 3000 words. This is internally assessed and moderated by the examination board.


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

One of the advantages of choosing English is that the subject is highly regarded by admissions tutors and employer
s. It is a popular subject at university - not least because it is intrinsically enjoyable and (for those who have the skill and enthusiasm) not too difficult! Careers in law, journalism, the media and education are possibilities but the study of English provides a valuable general background for many areas . At Advanced Level, English can be successfully  combined with many other subjects including mathematics and the sciences, but modern languages, history and  classical studies are well-established combinations.