English Literature A Level

What will I learn?

Component 1: Drama

Tragedy: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Comedy: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Component 2: Prose

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Component 3:

Poetry from Forward Anthology Poems of the Decade

A selection of Romantic poetry

Non-exam Assessment:

Independent reading to produce one 3000 word essay comparing texts.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above. English Literature at Grade 5 is desirable but not essential. A GCSE points average of 4.6.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: 2 1/4 hour exam – 30%

Paper 2: 1 1/4 hour exam – 20%

Paper 3: 2 1/4 hour exam – 30%

Non-exam assessment: Coursework – One extended critical literary 3000 word essay comparing two texts from the students own choice – 20%

Who is this course aimed at?

English Literature is attractive to students who:

  • enjoy reading books, engaging with drama, prose and poetry texts, through the ages
  • enjoy sharing ideas in discussion
  • are interested in how writers use words, phrases and sentences to influence an audience

What next?

A good understanding of English is useful for a wide range of careers, but many students often move into further study or employment in education, professional and social services, administrative services, management, leisure, entertainment and media.



  • A Level


  • English

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,
​​​​​​​Email: info@leggott.ac.uk


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider