English Literature

A Level


Component 1: Love through the Ages (written paper)
40% – three tasks, 75 marks (25 per task), 3 hours. Open book in Section C only.

Component 2: Texts in shared contexts (written paper)
40% – three tasks, 75 marks (25 per task), 2 hours and 30 mins. Open book.

Component 3: Independent Critical Study:
Texts across time (coursework) 20%. One task, 50 marks, word count 2500, moderated by AQA.


Students will approach the study of literature through the lens of historicism, encouraging the independent study of a range of texts within a shared context, giving logic and meaning to the way that texts are grouped for study.

This unifying approach facilitates the inclusion of a range of wider reading, extending students’ experience and appreciation of literature.

Offering clear progression from GCSE, these courses allow students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps.

The variety of assessment styles used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single-text questions, multiple-text questions, open- and closed-book approaches, 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.


In addition to university degrees in literature both as a single honour, or as a joint honour, this A-level is regarded as an academic choice that will support a range of university options such as law, philosophy or history.


Teacher; lawyer; journalist; media and television; politics; writer. English opens doors!

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 6 in English Literature at GCSE.


Assessment includes external exams and a coursework element.

Opportunities for work related activities

Theatre and lecture trips linked to course elements.