English Literature

International A-levels

What is International A Level?

The International A Levels are the most commonly studied curriculum around the world. They are based on the UK high school education system and are adapted for a global student base.

In Year 12 students move on to the A Levels that are further broken down into two parts: the AS Level, called “Advanced Subsidiary”, (usually done in Year 12) and A2 Level (typically done in Year 13). Traditionally, students take 4-5 AS Level subjects and then go on to take 3-4 of those subjects at the A2 Level.


The International GCSE classes course is suitable for students 16-18 years old. In some countries students divide studies over two years.


The A Level courses can be taken as a full-time or part-time option along with other subjects. Students can also take a combination of levels at CGA.


AS Level: Two units of 2 hours and 50 marks each A Level: Four units of 2 hours and 50 marks each Open-book external assessment offered two times a year for each of the four units.

Basis of what you will learn in A Level English Literature

Students will study two drama texts; a selection of post-2000 poems as well as a one post-2000 novel; one pre-1900 literary poetry movement; a Shakespearean play; and post-1900 poetry and one prose. Students will learn to read widely and independently set texts and others that they have selected for themselves. They will engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.


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Kate Thompson

Currently based in New Zealand's South Island, Kate has been teaching in New Zealand for 10 years, after teaching in various countries, including Switzerland, during the 15 years she spent living abroad. While teaching at Auckland's Macleans College, Kate's students were top of NCEA L3 English every year. Kate left a Head of Department position to join CGA and is passionate and enthusiastic about developing her students' active engagement and critical thinking skills at all year levels.

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