A Level English Literature online course overview
A Level English Literature covers a range of texts in the three main forms: prose, poetry and drama. AS English Literature students will sit papers covering poetry, prose and drama. At A level, a Shakespeare play and a pre-twentieth text must be studied as well as texts written after 1900.
The qualification is through two exams at each level.
A Level English literature learners develop a lifelong understanding and enjoyment of literary texts, and, importantly, gain a range of essential skills, including: the ability to write clearly and effectively; skills in developing arguments; skills in researching and managing information and the ability to analyse complex texts in different forms and styles.
Students will develop skills of reading and analysis of texts, and are encouraged to undertake wider reading to aid understanding of the texts studied. They will learn skills of effective and appropriate communication including the ability to discuss the critical context of texts.
In the October of Year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October. InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here
Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:
- Extra time of 25%*
- Extra time up to 50%*
- A reader*
- A scribe*
- Supervised rest breaks
- Separate room
- Use of a laptop
- Enlarged print exam papers
*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an Educational Psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.
There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.
However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A Levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.