Specification at a glance
A-level English Literature A comprises four units of study. Students are encouraged to develop the ability to read widely and critically. They will examine texts of different genres and periods and gain understanding of a wide range of views on literature.
This specification is designed to:
- deliver as much choice as possible for teachers and students
- encourage students to develop as informed, independent readers and critics of literary texts
- develop personal responses to literary texts.
This specification is available for assessment in June.
There are no previous learning requirements, but we recommend candidates have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE English Literature course or equivalent.
|AS Examinations (AS Award 1741)|
|Unit 1 – LTA1 |
Texts in Context
60% of AS, 30% of A Level
2 hour written examination (open book)
Either LTA1A Victorian Literature
or LTA1B World War One Literature
or LTA1C The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature
|Unit 2 – LITA2 |
40% of AS, 20% of A Level
Two tasks: one on prose text and one on drama text.
2000-2500 words in total
|A2 Examinations (A2 Award 2741)|
|Unit 3 – LITA3 |
Reading for Meaning
30% of A Level
2 hour 30 minutes written examination (closed book)
Two questions involving unprepared extracts and wider reading on the unit theme of Love Through the Ages Available June
|Unit 4 – LITA4 |
Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study
20% of A Level Coursework
Extended comparative essay of 3000 words