Sixth Form (A Levels)

A Level English Literature


The A Level English Literature online school syllabus teaches pupils to read, interpret and evaluate texts from some of the greatest English literature ever written. Deeper themes, meanings, contexts and attitudes are explored and pupils learn to utilise this in their own creative writing. Students are taught to connect the wider themes of historical literature to the contemporary setting. This qualification requires a personal response and pupils will grow and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.

The A Level English Literature syllabus enables pupils to progress on to a degree in English Literature at university.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, or researching key concepts.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

For L5, taking exams in 2024:

Tennessee Williams, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Maya Angelou, ‘And Still I Rise’

‘Stories of Ourselves Vol. 1’, published by the Cambridge University Press

Unseen Literature

William Shakespeare, ‘Hamlet’

Shelagh Stephenson, ‘An Experiment with an Air Pump’

Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Merchant’s Tale and Prologue’

Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’

For considerably more information including full poems and opinion, please click here:

L5 A Level Eng Lit Texts

For L6, taking exams in 2023:

William Shakespeare, ‘King Lear’

Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems

Margaret Atwood, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Shelagh Stephenson, ‘An Experiment with an Air Pump’

For considerably more information including full poems and opinion, please click here:

L6 A Level Eng Lit Texts

The paper contains three questions.

Candidates answer two questions:

Question 1, and either Question 2 or Question 3.

Questions carry equal marks. Each question is based on one passage (or thematically related shorter passages) printed in the question paper.

Texts will be drawn from a range of English language sources such as advertisements, brochures, leaflets, editorials, news stories, articles, reviews, blogs, investigative journalism, letters, podcasts, (auto) biographies, diaries, essays, scripted speech (e.g. a speech by a politician) and narrative/descriptive writing.

Each question is in two parts:

(a)  commentary on the use of language in the passage(s). [15 marks]

(b)  directed writing task based on the passage(s). [10 marks]

In all questions, candidates are required to:

  • identify distinguishing features of the texts, relate them to the function and context of the writing, and organise information in their answers
  • comment on aspects such as vocabulary, figurative language (e.g. use of metaphor and simile), word ordering and sentence structure, formality/informality of tone, and the communication of attitudes, bias or prejudice, structure
  • write for a specific purpose and/or audience using appropriate vocabulary, tone, and style

Candidates are advised to spend approximately 15 minutes reading the whole paper before they begin writing. Dictionaries may not be used.

The paper contains two sections:

Section A and Section B. There are three questions in each section.

  • Candidates answer two questions: one question from Section A and one question from Section B
  • Questions carry equal marks.

Section A: Imaginative writing (i.e. imaginative/descriptive)

  • Candidates choose one out of three questions.
  • Questions require a narrative or descriptive piece of continuous writing of 600–900 words (or two shorter linked pieces of 300–450 words).
  • Candidates are required to show that they can write imaginatively, using language to create deliberate effects, e.g. in conveying a mood or describing a character.

Section B: Writing for an audience (i.e. discursive/argumentative)

  • Candidates choose one out of three questions.

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR, and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

The Teacher

I lоve leаrning оf аll kinds аnd I hоpe tо pаss оn this enthusiаsm tо my students. Eаch persоn leаrns best in his оr her оwn pаrticulаr wаy, sо I prоvide persоnаlised lessоn plаns tо meet the individuаl needs оf my students.

From Dr. Tough

I am an experienced teacher of English, a poet and writer.

I аm interested in literature (obviously), film аnd music, аnd I`m аlwаys trying tо find new books, mоvies аnd musiciаns to inspire my students and I.

Dr Tough English GCSE A Level online school course

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