English Literature A-Level


What board do we use?

OCR, A level subject code: H472


What is English Literature?

This examination is designed for students who have gained high grades in GCSE/IGCSE English Language & Literature (or equivalent), and who possess an ability to analyse language together with a love of reading.


Which subjects combine well with English Literature?

English Literature combines extremely well with such subjects as History, Business Studies, Sociology and Economics. The emphasis on writing essays which involve textual analysis, formal language, and logical arguments will inevitably also improve performance in these other subjects.


What can English Literature lead to?

English Literature is one of a handful of gold plated A levels that are highly regarded by Universities precisely because of the fact that it is still deemed to be very challenging. As well as leading to the possibility of studying English itself, students also find that it facilitates entry to a wide variety of other degree courses, such as Law, Politics, History of Art, and Anthropology.


English Literature A-Level Course Structure

AS (H072)

Component 1 (50% AS)
Written Examination (1 hour 30 minutes)
One question on a Shakespearean play and one question on a pre-1900 poet.

Component 2 (50% AS)
Written Examination (1 hour 45 minutes)
One question on post-1900 drama text and one question on post-1900 prose text.


A level (H472)

Component 1 (40% A-level)
Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes)
One question on Shakespeare and one question comparing pre-1900 drama text with pre-1900 poetry text.

Component 2 (40% A-level)
Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes)
The first question involves the analysis of unseen extract. The second question involves a comparison of two novels from the selected topic area.

Component 3 (20% A-level)
Essay 1: Closed reading of an extract
Essay 2: An essay involving a comparison of two chosen texts.

All examinations are closed texts (no books are allowed in the exam).

If you’d like to study English Literature A Level here at David Game College Liverpool, please complete the enquiry form below or email for more information.