English Literature A (2740)

This is our current A-level specification.
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AS and A-level English Literature A (7711, 7712)

This four-unit specification encourages students to develop their interest in English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently. Texts range across centuries, genre and gender.

Students are encouraged to become informed, independent readers of literary texts and gain an understanding of a variety of views about texts and how to read them.

The specification is suitable for a wide range of students and abilities and it offers teachers and students a great deal of choice. The assessment has a 40% coursework weighting.

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Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title English Literature A
Specification code 2740
Certification code 1741 AS
2741 A2
QAN codes 50025764

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