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English Literature focuses on analysing poetry, novels and plays. At AS, you will study Othello and a range of pre-1900 poetry, alongside two novels: The Great Gatsby and Persuasion. For the second year, you will build on your AS texts by studying modern poetry, prose and drama, as well as completing an extended piece of coursework based on The Woman in White and a partner text of your choice.


AS: two exams

A-level: two exams and a coursework essay (worth 20% of the A-level)

Entry Requirements

At least Grade 4 in GCSE English or English Language & English Literature. An average GCSE score of 4.80 or higher.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


The AS course

The two AS exams are on Shakespeare and Poetry (Paper 1), and Prose (Paper 2). For Paper 1, you will study Othello and a collection of pre-1900 poetry, for a closed book exam worth 50% of the AS. This paper has essay questions on each text. For Paper 2, you will study two novels, The Great Gatsby and The Mill on the Floss for an open book exam, which is also worth 50%. Paper 2 will have a comparative essay question on the novels you have studied as well as a question on an unseen extract.

The A-level course

This builds on the work you have done at AS; the texts are used again here, and are enhanced by more advanced analysis and exploration of critical views. Othello, The Great Gatsby and the poetry will be assessed again for the first A-level exam. The Mill on the Floss will become a coursework text, which you can pair with a text of your choice for an independent extended essay. You will also study modern poetry, prose and drama in your second year, which will be assessed in the second A-level exam.


AS/A-level English Literature provides a qualification in a core subject, with a range of transferable skills. You will read a range of interesting and inspiring texts, exploring and debating ideas with your peers. You will develop perceptive reading skills and an enquiring mind. You will learn how to create a conceptualised argument and support your points with evidence.

Inspirational Links & Videos

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Course Information


A level

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