|Examination Board||Cambridge International Examinations|
|Entry Requirements||IGCSE Grades B in Literature and First Language English|
The syllabus aims to develop:
- appreciation of and informed personal response to literature in English in a range of texts in different forms, and from different periods and cultures
- the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and communication
- effective and appropriate communication
- wider reading and an understanding of how it may contribute to personal development.
Year 12 (AS)
Students will take Paper 3 and Paper 4 as outlined below.
Paper 3 is based on Poetry and Prose.
The poetry element involves the study of a selection of Elizabeth Jenning’s or Ted Hughes’poetry.
For the prose element, students will study House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
Paper 4 is based on Drama and includes the study of Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckborn.
Year 13 (A2):
Students will take Paper 5 and Paper 7.
Paper 5 is based on a Shakespeare text and another pre-20th century text.
Paper 7 is based on previously unseen literature.
All examinations for English Literature at AS and A Level are closed-book examinations, which means that no books are allowed in the exam room and therefore students have to commit quotations to memory.
Poetry and Prose Paper 3 – 2 hour paper
Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A Poetry and one question from Section B Prose.
Drama Paper 4 – 2 hour paper
Candidates answer two questions on two plays.
Shakespeare and Other Pre-20th Century Texts Paper 5 – 2 hour paper
This paper contains two sections: Section A: Shakespeare; Section B: other pre-20th Century Texts.
Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A and one question from Section B. At least one of the questions candidates answer must be a (b) passage-based question, chosen from either section.
Critical Appreciation Paper 7 – 2 hours
Candidates answer two questions on different, previously unseen texts out of a choice of three.
Careers and Progression
A Level English Literature is useful for a range of careers from Law to Politics