A good grade in A Level English Literature speaks volumes to universities and employers about your capacity to think for yourself and to communicate your ideas effectively. Perhaps more importantly, the opportunity to study great literature offers all open-minded people a stimulating challenge.
English Literature at A Level is taught in small seminar-style groups involving lots of discussion. Work focuses on the close analysis of poetry, prose and drama from a wide range of authors and eras. You are expected to read extensively – not only the prescribed texts but writing by critics, background information on historical context and additional texts which will enhance your understanding and appreciation. Most assessed work takes the form of essays with a strong focus on connections and comparison.
The Edexcel A Level has a great range of texts and over the two years you will have the opportunity to study two novels, two plays, work by several poets and two texts of your own choice.