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English Literature

Course Type


Exam Board


Assessment Type

Exam (80%) and Coursework (20%)

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above in different subjects including Maths and English Literature.

Course Overview

Option 1B: Literature Genres: Aspects of Comedy (closed book exam) 40% 

Shakespeare play: Twelfth Night  

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde  

A selection of comic poetry from the AQA Anthology  


Option 2B: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing (open book exam) 40%  

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  

Poetry selection from an AQA Anthology by Tony Harrison 

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.   

The exam will also include an unseen passage where you can show your analytical skills

Where will it lead?

A Level English Literature is recognised and highly valued by universities for entrance to Higher Education, as well as being particularly useful for students interested in a career in Journalism, Advertising, Law, Public Relations and Marketing, the Civil Service, Psychology, Creative Writing, Publishing and teaching as well as any other career where you have to use communication skills. 

Glossopdale School & Sixth Form

Glossopdale School, Newshaw Ln, Hadfield, Glossop SK13 2DA