A Level English Literature

Course Content

Pre-1900 poetry: John Donne and metaphysical poetry

Post-1900 poetry: Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Larkin

Drama: Shakespeare’s The Tempest in text and in film and the issues of colonisation/gender/supernatural

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Unseen Poetry: a range of poems of different periods and forms and the way poets use language to shape meaning

How will students be assessed?

Poetry: written, closed-book exam: 2 hours (120 marks) – 30%

Drama: written, closed book exam: 2 hours (120 marks) – 30%

Unseen texts: 2 hours (80 marks) – 20%

Non-exam component: An essay about 2 prose texts, one published pre- and one post year 2000. 2500-3500 words (80 marks) – 20% of qualification

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Theatre trips to experience the plays that students study, including visiting Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre Live.