A Level English Literature

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code 9695
Entry Requirements IGCSE Grades B in Literature and First Language English

Introduction

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.

Course Content

Course Content

Year 12

In year 12 students are required to take two compulsory papers: Paper 3 Poetry and Prose, and Paper 4 Drama. Overall, at AS Level candidates are required to study four set texts. In each paper candidates answer two questions, each on a different text. Candidates are required to answer questions on a range of poems, prose and plays, with options from the canon of English Literature and modern texts in English. Close study of all the texts chosen is needed in preparation for a choice of essay and passage-based questions.

Year 13

In year 13 students are required to take Paper 5 Shakespeare and other pre-20th Century Texts and Paper 7 Comment and Appreciation.   In Paper 5, candidates must answer on at least one passage-based question.  In Paper 7 candidates answer two questions on different, previously unseen texts out of a choice of three.

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.

Assessment

Year 12  

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.

 

Year 13  

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

For more information, contact Ms Donlon