English Literature

A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced A-Level in English Literature (XEN01 & YEN01)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination: This course is examined in June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING

Paper 1 – Written exam 2 hours (25% of qualification – 50 marks)

Paper 2 – Written exam 2 hours (25% of qualification – 50 marks)

Paper 3 – Written exam 2 hours (25% of qualification – 50 marks)

Paper 4 – Written exam 2 hours (25% of qualification – 50 marks)

Exam Papers% of IALAssessment overview

Paper 1: Poetry and Prose
(January Year 12)

25

Section A: Poetry (25 marks)

Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on the prescribed poems.

The essay questions will be comparative covering one named poem, plus a free choice of second poem from the prescribed list of poems.

Section B: Prose (25 marks)

Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on their chosen prose fiction text.

Open Book Examination

Paper 2: Drama
(June Year 12)

25

Section A: Pre-1900 Drama

Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on their chosen drama text.

Section B: Post-1900 Drama

Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on their chosen text.

Open Book Examination

Paper 3: Poetry and Prose
(June Year 13)

25

Section A: Poetry

Students answer one essay question on a post-1900 unseen poem.

Section B: Prose

Students answer one comparative essay question, from a choice of two, on their two chosen texts from their chosen theme.

Open Book Examination

Paper 4: Paper 4: Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Poetry
(June Year 13

25

Section A: Shakespeare

Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on their chosen text.

Section B: Pre-1900 Poetry

Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on their chosen movement.

Open Book Examination

WIDER READING

  • Achebe, C.(1958). Things Fall Apart. London, William Heinemann
  • Austen,J. (1813). Pride and Prejudice. London, T.Egerton
  • Lee,H. (1960). To Kill a Mockingbird. New York, HarperCollins

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