AS/A Level English Literature

Advance information / adaptations – summer 2022

Advance information for this subject can be found under Summer 2022 Adaptations below. You can also access our GCSE and A levels Adaptations Booklets here.

Teaching: Sep 2015
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AS/A Level English Literature Specification
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The GCE AS/A level English Literature specification was amended in December 2019 for teaching from September 2021, and assessment from summer 2022.

Unit 1 has been amended to show that Brian Friel: Translations (Faber) replaces Joe Orton: Loot (Methuen).

Unit 2 has been amended to show that W. B. Yeats: Poems selected by Seamus Heaney (Faber) (prescribed sections: In the Seven Woods, The Green Helmet and Other Poems, Responsibilities, The Wild Swans at Coole, Michael Robartes and the Dancer, The Tower)  & Dannie Abse: Welsh Retrospective (Seren) replaces D H Lawrence: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics, edited by James Fenton) & Gillian Clarke: Making the Beds for the Dead (Carcanet).

Unit 3 Section A has been amended to show that William Blake: Poems selected by Patti Smith (Vintage) replaces John Keats: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics).

Change to the wording of questions

From summer 2022, where AO3 is assessed, the question will directly refer candidates to the need to refer to contexts. The Sample Assessment Materials have been updated to reflect this change.

English Literature Resource Guide - This booklet provides an overview of the support, guidance and resources available to those teaching the WJEC GCE English Literature specification across our suite of websites.

Our AS/A level English Literature specification is based on a conviction that the study of literature should encourage enjoyment of literary studies based on an informed personal response to a range of texts.

It provides learners with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.

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