A level English Literature

Why study A level English Literature?

Our Cambridge A level English Literature course will introduce you to some of the greatest poetry, prose and drama ever written. You will learn how to approach the analysis of texts from a range of different genres, eras and cultures with confidence. And you’ll learn how to express informed and independent opinions and judgements about them based on sound evidence.

Analytical skills are central to this subject and you will learn how to identify key literary and linguistic features and how to write about the ways in which writers use these to create specific effects. You will also learn how to incorporate critical viewpoints into your essays to support and develop your own arguments.

An A level in English Literature provides an important foundation for any degree or career involving excellent written communication, research and analytical skills. It will open up many careers including Journalism, Teaching, Law, Academia, Media, Advertising, Marketing, Politics and the Performing Arts.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance.

Please note we also offer A level English Language.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

A Level English Literature

What do I need to know to enrol?

A level English Literature builds directly on the work you will have done for IGCSE/GCSE in the subject .

You must have gained at least grade B or 6 in these exams before starting on this course. For all A level courses we also require a Grade C or 4 in IGCSE Maths

The syllabus and exam

This course will prepare you for the Cambridge A level syllabus 9695. The full Advanced level qualification comprises AS and A level. Exams take place in March (India only), June and November.

AS level

Paper 1

Drama and Poetry worth 50% of the AS grade and 25% of the overall A level grade. (2 hours)

Paper 2

Prose and Unseen worth 50% of the AS grade and 25% of the overall A level grade. (2 hours)

A level

Paper 3

Shakespeare and Drama worth 25% of the overall A level grade. (2 hours)

Paper 4

Pre- and Post-1900 Poetry and Prose worth 25% of the overall A level grade. (2 hours)

For the set texts we cover for the AS and A level papers, ask to see our booklist which we will be pleased to send if you have not received it.

There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of the most convenient.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course samples

A level English Literature

AS level 2024

Course Fees

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