Course at a glance

Examining Board: Edexcel
Next Examination Period: May / June 2024
Exam Specification Code: 9ET0
Coursework Element: No
Practical Element: No
Course Fee Includes: Online course materials and tutor support. Additional materials available at extra cost.

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.



This qualification aims to provide a wide-ranging approach to studying literary texts. You will study a wide range of texts from various genres and historical contexts. You will consider the ways in which writers construct meanings through language.

As readers and writers, you will engage with wider critical contexts to support your reading of literary texts. You will also conduct independent research in order to complete your own extended literary study.

AS Level English Literature (2015 Specification) Entry Requirements

Although the AS Level English Literature programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an AS Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

AS Level English Literature Course Duration

1 year.

Study Hours Required

Approximately 150 hours.

Awarding Body

Pearson Edexcel

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.

Examination Information

Students are required to arrange and pay for their AS Level English Literature examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.

Further information on exam centres can be found here:

AS Level English Literature Course Content

The English Literature specification requires you to undertake a varied programme of study so you can show knowledge and understanding of:

  • How writers in various genres use form to shape meaning and evoke responses in readers and audience.
  • The contexts in which texts have been produced and received and understanding of how these contexts influence meaning.
  • How to make connections and explore relationships between a range of literary texts.
  • How to read and experience texts critically and creatively.
  • Evaluate texts, drawing on understanding of interpretations presented by different readers such as literary critics.
  • How attitudes and values are expressed in texts.
  • Communicate fluently, accurately and effectively.
  • Use critical concepts and terminology with discrimination.

Your assessed work will be marked and moderated by an independent coursework marker at the centre where you sit your examinations. There may be an additional fee for this marking. All distance learning students should download the Private Candidate Handbook from Edexcel’s website which gives you guidance on finding an examination centre and registering. Likewise, International students need to download the specific handbook for them, which will give alternative examination arrangements.


AS Level English Literature: Assessment objectives and weightings

The whole course combines a number of learning outcomes. The assessment objectives are weighted as follows:

A Level Weighting (%)

  • AO1 Articulate informed personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression. 27.6
  • AO2 Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts 27.6
  • AO3 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received 21
  • AO4 Explore connections across literary texts 14
  • AO5 Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations 10


Our AS Level English Literature programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

AS levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

UCAS Points Table

A = 20
B = 16
C = 12
D = 10
E = 6