The EdExcel A Level English Literature Course

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Components

Component 1: Drama consists of the study of two plays. In the 2017 examination these will be Othello by William Shakespeare and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Component 2: Poetry consists for the 2017 examination of The Forward Book of Poetry, Unseen Poetry and The Less Deceived by Philip Larkin.
Component 3: Prose consists for the 2017 examination of Hard Times by Charles Dickens and Atonement by Ian McEwan.
Component 4: Coursework See opposite.

Assessment

Component 1 is assessed by an open text examination of 2 hours 15 minutes, and counts for 30% of the marks.
Component 2 is assessed by an open text examination of 2 hours 15 minutes, and counts for 30% of the marks.
Component 3 consists of an open text examination of 1 hour, and counts for 20% of the marks.
Component 4: See opposite.

The Coursework

This is an extended comparative and analytical essay with a word limit of 3,000 words.

Students have a choice of seven questions on a particular genre. For 2017 this is Dystopian Literature, based on the following titles: Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale, The Road, Fahrenheit 451 and Riddley Walker.