English Literature: A-Level


At AS level, students study four texts:
  • Frankenstein
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, and a body of twenty modern poems from: 
  • Poems Of The Decade: An Anthology

There is no coursework to the AS level course. All examinations at AS level are open book. All examinations assess knowledge and understanding, analysis of language, form and structure and application of context. In addition, A Streetcar Named Desire requires that students draw on critical approaches to form their responses and arguments.

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by Mary Shelley
The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams

Poems Of The Decade:
An Anthology


At A2 level, students revise the AS material, all of which appears on the full A level paper. The only difference being that there is no longer a requirement to draw on critical approaches for A Streetcar Named Desire. In addition, a body of pre-1900 poems are studied as well King Lear. Embedding of critic's viewpoints is assessed on the King Lear paper. There is also a an unseen poetry to this paper.