English Literature A Level

English Literature A level Student outdoors

If you have a love of reading and want to expand your literary horizons, an A Level in English Literature can give you the skills you need to develop your wider, critical and independent reading.

Studying classic texts such as Shakespeare’s Othello, pre-1900s poetry and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, this course features a range of different styles of writing. It’s structured around self-assessment, coursework and exams to help you develop your knowledge of the subject.

Throughout your home educated A Level course, you’ll benefit from the support of a tutor, and you’ll receive essential feedback to help you progress towards your goal.

If you’re looking to develop your analytical reading skills, find out more about what’s involved in AS and A Level English Literature on the following tabs, or make an enquiry using the buttons below.

AS Level (7711)

Module One: Literary Analysis

Module Two: Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages- Pre 1900

Module Three: Love through the Ages

Module Four: Shakespeare: Othello

Module Five: Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre

Module Five (B): Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Urbervilles


Part 2: Additional topics for A level (7712)

Module Six: Owen Sheers: Skirrid Hill

Module Seven: Michael Frayn: Spies

Module Eight:  Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire

Module Nine: Jane Austen: Mansfield Park and coursework

This AS specification is examined for the first time in June 2016 and the ‘A’ level specification is examined for the first time in June 2017. No end date has yet been set.

You are no longer able to carry over your AS exams and count them towards a full A level. An AS level is a stand alone qualification.  All the exams for the A level must be taken in the same Summer sitting.

There are two 90 minute exams for the AS level. There is no coursework for the AS

The A level is assessed with one 3 hour exam, one 2 hour thirty minute exam and one piece of coursework (independent critical study: texts across time)

English Literature A Level and Home Education FAQs

The English Literature Course has been specifically written to prepare candidates for the AQA examination boards English Literature A level Qualification. The syllabus numbers are

  • AS level – 7711
  • A2 level –7712

When you start your course with us you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser.  Your support period is then up to this examination date.

Normally speaking we would expect students to have a minimum of 4 good GCSEs in order to start the English A level course.  This must include a grade C or above in English  GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent

If you feel you have other qualifications  or experience which would enable you to start the course, please call one of our student advisers on 0800 0111 024 and we can discuss your suitability for the course.

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