Sixth Form English Literature

There are usually two AS and two A-level English Literature classes, each taught by two teachers. We started the current CCEA Specification in September 2008. The A level course takes students to a new level of awareness in their study of literature.

With lots of emphasis on critical thinking, discussion and independent learning, it has proved both intrinsically rewarding and rewarding in terms of results. We were delighted to see 100% of our pupils achieve grades A-C at AS level in the Summer 2014 examinations, while 18% of our A2 students secured and A* grade and a further 45% gained an A grade; this meant that 64% of students gained an A grade or above!

12. A Level Spec.

AS English Literature

Unit 1: Coursework

  • Creative Coursework Unit: Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire & The Glass Menagerie
  • Shakespeare Coursework Unit: The Tempest

Glass Menagerie  Streetcar  tempest

Unit 2: Examination Texts

  • The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 (Open Book Exam): John Montague and Seamus Heaney
  • The Study of Prose 1800 – 1945 (Closed Book Exam): Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge

heaney_seamus john-montague Mayor of Casterbridge1

A2 English Literature

Unit 1: The Study of Poetry 1300-1800 and Drama

  • Section A: Geoffrey Chaucer – The Pardoner’s Tale
  • Section B: Drama of Social Realism: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger

A Doll's House Chaucer look-back-in-anger

Unit 2: The Study of Prose – Based on the Theme of Childhood

  • Section A: Analysis of an extract from Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clark, Ha-Ha-Ha
  • Section B: Comparison of two novels on the theme of Childhood – J.G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun and Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn

Ballard Huck Finn Paddy Clarke

Additional information, support materials and past paper questions can be found on the CCEA website – just click here.