Why study English Literature?
English Literature is a subject focused around exploration and analysis, discovery and discussion. Throughout this course you will discover a range of British and American literature; from modern poetry and classic ‘must read’ novels to dramatic American
plays. If you love reading and exploring ideas, then this course is for you!
Studying English Literature will allow you to develop the following skills - analysing use of language, exploring themes and effects; understanding and evaluating character, presenting ideas in discussion, expressing ideas and views in writing, researching
genres and historical periods; communicating in individual and group work, writing creatively and imaginatively.
Component 1: Drama - Paper code: 9ET0/01
one Shakespeare play and one other drama from tragedy.
● critical essays related to Shakespeare play.
● Written examination - 2 hours and 15 minutes.
● Total of 60 marks available – 35 marks for Section A and 25 marks for
● Section A – Shakespeare: one essay question, incorporating ideas from wider
● Section B – Other Drama: one essay question.
Total 30% of grade
Component 2: Prose - Paper code: 9ET0/02
two prose texts from specified theme
● Written examination - lasting 1 hour.
● Total of 40 marks available.
● Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of
specified studied theme.
Total 20% of Grade
Component 3: Poetry - Paper code: 9ET0/03
● poetic form, meaning and language
● a selection of post-2000 specified poetry
● a specified range of poetry from specified poetry collection.
Written examination - 2 hours and 15 minutes.
● Total of 60 marks available – 30 marks for Section A and 30 marks for
● Section A – Post-2000 Specified Poetry: one comparative essay question on
an unseen modern poem written post 2000 and one named poem from the
studied contemporary text
● Section B – Specified Poetry Pre- or Post-1900: one essay question
Total 30% of Grade
Coursework - Code: 9ET0/04
Students study 2 specified texts
Students produce one assignment:
● one extended comparative essay referring to two texts
● Total of 60 marks available.
Total 20% of Grade