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A-Level English

Specification/Exam Board:   CCEA

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language or C* or above in GCSE English Literature


This specification aims to encourage students to:

  • engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;
  • develop and apply effectively their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation;
  • explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them;
  • deepen their understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English;
  • carry out independent research and present personal responses in the form and language appropriate to literary study;
  • develop advanced study skills that help them prepare for third level education;
  • demonstrate through challenging internal and external assessments that they understand and can apply key concepts; and
  • nurture a lifelong interest in English literature.

Key features

The following are important features of this specification.

  • It includes five assessment units: four externally assessed and one internally assessed.
  • It gives students the opportunity to study a range of English literature written by Irish writers.
  • It gives students the opportunity to read texts from the canon of English literature and also texts by more modern writers.
  • It allows students to develop as discerning readers, capable of independent and critical research.
  • It can give students a sound basis for progression to higher education.
  • A range of support is available, including specimen assessment materials and teacher guidance.

Scheme of assessment

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