Highgrove Education

A level English Literature

Are you passionate about exploring the depth and beauty of literature? An A level in English Literature can open up a world of literary wonders. Dive into post-2000 poetry and prose, discovering the thought-provoking words of modern poets and authors. Step into the realm of classic drama with timeless works like Shakespeare’s Othello and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Unravel post-1900 poetry, compare texts on the theme of ‘Science and Society,’ and immerse yourself in literary classics like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. This qualification empowers you to read widely, think critically, and appreciate the evolving traditions of English literature, making every page a journey into new worlds of imagination and insight.
Private English Tuition

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational AS English Literature, International A level English Literature
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length1 year AS English Literature, then 1 year A level English Literature
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 5 x 45-minute self-study lessons (including allocated reading time), 1 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 260 x 45-minute self-study lessons (including 55 x 45-minute allocated reading slots), 50 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible

AS Level

Unit 1: Post-2000 Poetry and Prose
  • A selection of post-2000 poetry from: Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011
  • A post-2000 prose fiction text: The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Unit 2: Drama
  • A pre-1900 drama text: Othello, William Shakespeare
  • A post-1900 drama text: A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

A2 Level

Unit 3: Poetry and prose
  • Post-1900 unseen poetry analysis
  • Text comparison on the theme of ‘Science and Society’
    • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
    • Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro.
Unit 4: Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Poetry
  • A Shakespeare drama: Hamlet
  • The Romantics: prescribed poems from English Romantic Verse, Editor David Wright, (Penguin Classics, 1973).

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International English Literature A level Specification: click here


  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for English Literature A level


  • A minimum grade 7 in GCSE English Literature and/or English Language, and a strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Year 12 International AS

2 Exams(120 minutes each exam)
Paper 1Post-2000 Poetry and Prose (50 % of the total of AS, 25 % of the total of A level)
Paper 2Drama (50 % of the total of AS, 25 % of the total of A level)

Year 13 International A level

2 Exams(120 minutes each exam)
Paper 3Poetry and prose (25 % of the total of A level)
Paper 4 Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Poetry (25 % of the total of A level)

Progression to University

An A level in English Literature is an excellent foundation for a wide range of university courses. It’s particularly beneficial for those aspiring to study English Literature or related fields such as Drama or Linguistics at the undergraduate level. However, its value extends beyond literature-specific programs. This qualification nurtures essential skills in critical analysis, communication, and interpretation, which are invaluable in various academic disciplines. From journalism and creative writing to history, law, and the social sciences, an English Literature A level provides a strong academic background that can enhance one’s performance and adaptability in university courses across the humanities and beyond.

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: