English Literature

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you." Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

Mr Silk, Mrs Monk Peak, Mr O’Gorman, Mrs Townsend
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature (Grade 6 in GCSE English Language is also desirable)


We follow the Edexcel exam board for A-level English literature.

  • Component 1: Drama – one Shakespeare play and one other drama (30%)
  • Component 2: Prose – two prose texts from a chosen area of study. (20%)
  • Component 3: Poetry – a modern poetry anthology, and a poetry collection based on a specific writer/genre (30%)
  • Component 4: Coursework – a comparative analysis of two texts not studied in Components 1-3 (20%)


As a facilitating subject, A-level English literature is one of the most sought-after qualifications when applying to university.  It will develop your communication skills, both verbally and written.  You will learn how to use evidence from a plethora of sources to supplement your own vision and understanding of great literature and the wider world.

Each text studied has a dual focus: to be both enjoyable and rigorous. The English department at DGSB believes that the harder the challenge, the greater the reward.  You will be tested like you have never been tested before!  Your writing, your dedication and your understanding will be pushed further than you have experienced at GCSE.  This subject is not for the faint hearted; if you love reading and are prepared to discuss your ideas, this is the subject for you.

We hope that the subject will build on your love of reading great literature.  English literature is the cornerstone of every great education.  Equally important is that it will enrich your life for years to come.  It is a study that includes psychology, sociology, history, religious studies, geography and many more.  You will discover an entire universe of other worlds, other possibilities, as well as much about yourself.  If you love a challenge, love literature and are willing to share your passion, English literature at DGSB is the place for you.