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A-Level English Literature

Course Code: BA616

Course Overview

Study A-Level English Literature from home – your route to academic success!

This new A-Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with

Studying A-Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A-Level.

Special discount - Enrol on 2 A-levels and get the third at a discount.

  • Enrol on 2 A-levels, get the third for £200
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Course Content

  • Component 1: Drama
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
    • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
    • William Shakespeare, Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology - Comedy (This Edexcel publication is only available from your exam centre and you should ask your exams officer to order one in for you when you register for your exams.)
    Component 2: Prose
    • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
    • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
  • Component 3: Poetry
    • T. S. Eliot, Selected Poems (Faber, 2009) ISBN 9780571247059 (This is the 80th Anniversary Edition in an attractive hardcover.)
    • William Sieghart, ed., Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011 (Faber and Faber, 2015) ISBN 978-0571325405
    Coursework Component:
    • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
    • Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Other Information

  • Assessment

    To achieve the full English Literature A-Level you will be assessed across the 4 components. All components will be assessed by three paper-based examinations and coursework. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

    • Paper 1: Drama – 9ET0/01
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
    • Weighing: 30% of A-Level
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Assessed: Component 1
    • Assessment format: Two essay questions
    • Paper 2: Prose – 9ET0/02
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Weighing: 20% of A-Level
    • Total Marks: 40
    • Assessed: Component 2
    • Assessment format: One comparative essay question
    • Paper 3: Poetry – 9ET0/03
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
    • Weighing: 30% of A-Level
    • Total Marks: 60
    • Assessed: Component 3
    • Assessment format: Two questions  


    Please note that if you choose to study this A-Level you will have to sit your exams in one of our recommended centres. This is due to the administrative arrangements for submitting coursework.

    Course Duration

    You will have 2 years to complete the full A-Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

  • Study Method

    This course enables you to study for an A-Level in English Literature by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email, you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

    Course Outcome

    Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an A-Level in English Literature (AS/A2) issued by Edexcel. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the best suited to distance learning.

course questions & answers

Is this the same qualification as an A-Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You will need to have a reasonable grade GCSE or O Level in English Language and/or English Literature.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • * Not included with the online study option
Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A-Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. The first available examination date for this syllabus is in June 2017. The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the Edexcel website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself; however, we can provide a list of A-Level test centres around the country for you to arrange this.

Are there any additional costs?

You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional. You will be required to pay for your exams and fees to take your exams at the examining centre that you choose.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A-Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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