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English Literature

Head of Faculty: Mrs L Syred, The Green School for Girls

I/C of Key Stage 5: Mrs E Rebellato, The Green School for Girls


What will I study?

This is a two year linear course which consists of four components:

Component 1: Drama

‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee William

Component 2: Prose – Science and Society

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood

‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley

Component 3:

Modern Poetry and Keats

Component 4: 

 Coursework Essay

How will it be assessed?

 A-level English Literature, two-year linear course. Examining board:  EDEXCEL

Component 1 (Drama): 2 hours and 15 min. exam (30%)

Component 2 (Prose): 1 hour exam (20%)

Component 3 (Poetry): 2 hours and 15 min. exam (30%)

Component 4 (Coursework): 1 extended comparative essay 2500-3000 words (20%)

Where will it lead?

A-level English Literature is highly regarded by universities and employers. 

It provides a range of valuable skills that can be applied to many professions. The study of English develops the ability to communicate effectively and critically evaluate different ideas and interpretations of a range of texts. 

A qualification in English can open up countless opportunities but, notably, those offered in law, the civil service, journalism, advertising, PR, teaching and human resources.

Enrichment opportunities

Theatre visits, debates, workshops and masterclasses.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature and a grade 5 in English Language.

Recommended reading

  • ‘Shakespearean Tragedy’ by A C Bradley (Palgrave, Macmillan)
  • ‘The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy’ by Jennifer Wallace (Cambridge)
  • ‘The Wheel of Fire’ by G Wilson Knight (Routledge)
  • ‘William Shakespeare's Othello - A Sourcebook’ Ed. Andrew Hadfield
  • ‘The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams’ Ed. Matthew C Roudane
  • ‘Tragedy - A Student Handbook’ by McEvoy, Coult and Sandford