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CIE 0486, A*-G

Studying English Literature will encourage you to develop a love of reading.

You will have the chance to read and respond to many kinds of literary text and to express your own critical responses to them in discussion as well as in your written work.

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You will study a selection of literary texts from each of the genres of drama, poetry and prose, for example Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, a selection of poems from the Songs of Ourselves Cambridge University Press poetry anthology and Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country. You will also study approaches to unseen literary texts through reading a variety of texts during the course.


Assessment takes place through three examinations.

In the first, you will write one essay on each of two literary texts that you have studied in class (poetry and prose). In the second examination, you will write one essay on a drama text that you have studied. In the third, you will write one essay on an unseen literary text, for example, a modern poem or extract from a novel.

The first two examinations (on the set texts) are worth 75% of the mark. The examination on the unseen material is worth 25%. There is no coursework component.



“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” 

The Crucible