AS and A-level English Literature B

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  • Teaching from: September 2015
  • Exams from: 2016 (AS), 2017 (A-level)
  • Specification code: 7716 7717
  • QAN code: 601/5257/6; 601/5328/3

We have worked closely with teachers and universities to develop relevant, engaging and up-to-date specifications that approach the study of literature with a focus on genre and theory.

The texts we've chosen for your students inter-connect, influence and illuminate each other, encouraging independent study. The specifications give you the freedom to develop your own content, inject your own creativity and teach in a way that brings enjoyment to you and your students.

Our English AS and A-levels provide strong stand-alone qualifications that are designed to be co-teachable. This gives you and your students valuable choice.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Past papers, mark schemes and example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 7 October 2021 Exam for A-level English Literature B Paper 1 (options A and B) (7717/1A and 1B)
    Series: November 2021
    Start time: am
    Duration: 2h 30m
  • 13 October 2021 Exam for A-level English Literature B Paper 2 (options A and B) (7717/2A and 2B)
    Series: November 2021
    Start time: am
    Duration: 3h