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KS5 - English

Why study A Level English Literature at Angmering?
At Angmering we follow the OCR syllabus for A Level English Literature -  one of the UK’s leading exam boards.
OCR have created a rigorous, stimulating and challenging qualification which allows freedom of textual choice and includes independent study. The freedom within the coursework module allows students to pursue more detailed work in a field of particular personal interest, offering excellent preparation for study at undergraduate level.  

In summary: we have chosen OCR as it aims to encourage students to:

  • read widely and independently both set texts and heir own choice
  • engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts 
  • develop and effectively apply knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing 
  • explore the contexts of the texts and others’ interpretations.

While studying GCSE English Literature course, students will already have begun developing their analytical skills. The A Level English Literature course will require development of these skills and engagement with more intellectual arguments and responses to the texts.  Students will develop the skill of articulating these opinions maturely, both verbally and in writing.

Typical Workload For English Literature A Level:
As with most A Level courses, students will be expected to further heir studies in their spare time, by reading secondary material to help expand knowledge. 
It is important to understand that a good knowledge of the texts alone is not enough to reach a high grade in English Literature.  The most successful candidates will be those who have read widely and spent additional time researching relevant content.  

Which Texts Will You Study On An A Level English Course and how is it assessed?

Modules include the study of Gothic Literature, Shakespeare, Drama & Poetry.  As well as the set texts, students will have the opportunity to read around the subject and look at literary criticism from a range of sources to expand their knowledge and understanding of the fields.


PAPER 1  40% of total A level 

Written paper Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes

60 marks  

Shakespeare • Drama and poetry pre-1900 

The Tempest & The Doll’s House & The Poetry of Christina Rossetti 

PAPER 2  40% of total A level

Written paper Closed text 2 hours 30 minutes

60 marks

Comparative and contextual study of The Gothic

COURSEWORK 20% of total A level

  1. Close reading of a selected poet OR re-creative writing piece (based on the study of a selected poet) with commentary.  
  2. Comparative essay -comparison of  two texts one written post 1900 and one post 2000.  One a drama text and one a novel.
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