King James' School

English Literature

English Literature

What’s it all about? 

What makes us human?  Why do we do the things we do?  Are baddies really all that bad? 

The A Level Literature course attempts to answer questions about the world and everything that’s in it. 

Students will explore some of the best literature the English Language has to offer and consider what each text reveals about the human condition and the world around us. 

Students will engage in lively debate concerning the ideas presented in literature and make connections between texts borne out of a diverse range of artistic movements and contexts. All aspects of essay writing will be honed including areas such as taking a firm perspective on an issue, analysis, precision and structure.  Learning will be achieved through a combination of group work, independent study, lecture format and discussion. 

Exam and Assessment Information: 


AS Level 3 (8ETO)

A Level 3 Advanced (9ETO) 

AS Level 3 - Exam 100%

A2 Level 3 Advanced - Exam 80%, Coursework 20% 

Topic Areas

AS Level 3 

Modern Poetry, Drama (tragedy or comedy), 2 prose tests (1 pre-1900). 

A2 Level 3 Advanced 

A Shakespeare play, poetry collection, a comparative coursework task (independent critical study) plus Level 3 texts.

To get started: 

You will need to enjoy reading and discussing a wide range of prose, poetry and drama texts. You will need to have good literacy and language skills. You will need to be able to analyse meaning in depth and carefully consider alternative interpretations through wider reading. 

You will need a grade 5 from GCSE English Literature and be able to work independently and meet deadlines.

What next? 

The diverse and fantastic range of jobs and careers using English is amazing.  Studying English Literature can open a vast array of possibilities. There are a wide variety of opportunities in every area of business and industry, in the media and publishing, plus other professions such as teaching, law, public relations and advertising. 

You can study single degree programmes or a wide range of combined degree programmes.

Our students say … 

“An engaging and enthralling experience.”  Jake Masters  

“A rollercoaster ride of wit and wisdom.”  Benny Wright

English Literature