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Further Progression

Course Overview

The International A Level English Literature course is spread out over two years with the possibility for an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level or Advanced (A) Level qualification.

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
  • Engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them
  • Develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation
  • Explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them
  • Undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

Learn how English Literature courses compare to Language courses.

A Level English Literature Overview

Exam Overview

The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level in English Literature qualification consists of four externally-examined units. The AS Level consists of the two units (Units 1 and 2) and the A Level consists of two IA2 units (Units 3 and 4). The AS qualification may be awarded as a discrete qualification or may contribute 50 per cent towards the International A Level qualification.


AS Level: Two units of 2 hours each A Level: Four units of 2 hours each


Open-book external assessment offered two times a year for each of the four units.


AS Level | 2 units of 50 marks each A Level | 4 units of 50 marks each

Progression and Prerequisites