A Level English Lit Fast Track (Valid 2020 Exam & Onwards)

A Level English literature Fast Track course. This full A Level course can be completed from home at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Students can enrol anytime 365 days a year and once registered can be studying within days. No set term times and no enrolment dates. Fast track your A level course and complete within one year. Adapt your studies around work and family commitments to suit.

This specification is designed to:

Develop candidates' understanding of English Literature .
Draw on their experiences at GCSE as well as offering a secure foundation for the study of English beyond A-level
Develop interest in and enjoyment of independent reading
Develop personal responses as critics of both literary and non-literary texts

Qualification: A Level English Literature
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

View full Specification here

A Level Exam - Valid May/June 2019 & Onwards

Course fees include course lessons & support.

Please check exam/practical assessment cost & availability with your chosen centre from the Edexcel list here. Do not enrol until you have confirmed they can accomodate you. 

A Level English Lit Fast Track (Valid 2020 Exam & Onwards)

A Level English Lit Fast Track (Valid 2020 Exam & Onwards)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Printed course materials/course pack or online access
2: Course delivery via courier if paper format option is selected
3: Tutor support via email.
4: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees?

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading 

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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The Pearson Edexcel A Level in English Literature consists of three externally examined papers and one coursework component. The qualification requires the study of eight literary texts plus unseen poetry. This course has been designed to reflect this, and will take students through each component as listed below:

Component 1: Drama

Students will study the following texts:

  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
  • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
  • William Shakespeare, Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology - Comedy (This Edexcel publication is only available from your exam centre and you should ask your exams officer to order one in for you when you register for your exams.)

Component 2: Prose

Students will study the following texts:

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Component 3: Poetry

Students will study the following texts (and they must study the stated editions):

  • T. S. Eliot, Selected Poems (Faber, 2009) ISBN 9780571247059 (This is the 80th Anniversary Edition in an attractive hardcover.)
  • William Sieghart, ed., Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011 (Faber and Faber, 2015) ISBN 978-0571325405

Coursework Component

Students will study the folowing texts:

  • Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  • Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Minimum of GCSE grade C or above.

To sit Edexcel examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment - Do not enrol until you have confirmed exam availability/fees with your chose centre

View a list of UK Exam Centres here

If the centres listed are unable to accomodate you or are unsuitable for any reason we have agreements with 4 centres listed below that may be able to help. It really is worth the effort to travel if need be.

Recommended Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
B11 4JP
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298

Email: info@englishandmaths.com
Web: http://www.englishandmaths.com


3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
BS16 5HA
Tel: 0117 9109931
Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

London Brookes College
40/42 The Burroughs
T: 02082022007
E: info@londonbrookescollege.co.uk
Web: londonbrookescollege.co.uk

Rastrick Independant School
Ogden Lane
T: 01484400344
Email: info@rastrick-independant.co.uk
Web: www.rastrick-independant.co.uk

Greene's Tutorial College
97A St Aldate's Street
T: 01865248308
E: enquiries@greenes.org.uk
Web: www.greenes.org.uk

Note: The contract for sitting exams and practical assessment is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre. We advise students to contact 2 or 3 centres and compare charges as they will vary.

Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availabilty or exam fees charged. 

AQA A Level English Literature
AS & A2 

UCAS points awarded upon grades achieved.  Visit UCAS here for more info

AQA are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. AQA provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further education college. 

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period. Extensions are not available for fast track courses.

Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

Please be advised students cannot choose both methods/formats. You will be required to select your preferred method at checkout.

Q: Why can't i use both methods?
A:  Each method has been developed and written in such a way that having both will cause total confusion. Both formats are laid out and taught in totally different ways hence we ask students to choose their preferred method at the enrolment stage.

This course lessons are self-contained, however we would advise you to read other books on this subject:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald;
The Road by Cormac McCarthy; (Picador 2009 edition)
A Selection of Poetry by Robert Frost; and A Selection of Poetry by W.H. Auden
The White Devil by John Webster (pre-1800);
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; and
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. 
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 

In order to attain this qualification you must sit three examinations and submit one piece of coursework. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Tutors will be able to authenticate coursework for marking by the exam centre. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre. 

Paper 1: Drama *Paper code: 9ET0/01

Paper 1 covers the two plays, and critical essays on Shakespeare, supported by student's reading of the critical anthology. This is an open book exam, meaning students can take copies of the primary texts into the examination, however the critical anthology must not be taken into the exam.


  • Exam Length: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Exam Weighting: 30% of the total qualification
  • Questions: The paper has two sections, A and B. Students answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied text for both sections A and B.
  • Marks: 35 for section A/ 25 for section B - 60 marks in total

Paper 2: Prose *Paper code: 9ET0/02

Paper 2 covers the two novels. As with paper 1, this is an open book exam, meaning students can take copies of the primary texts into the examination.


  • Exam Length: 1 hour
  • Exam Weighting: 20% of the total qualification
  • Questions: Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two.
  • Marks: 40 marks in total

Paper 3: Poetry *Paper code: 9ET0/03

Paper 3 covers a selection of poetry from the two collections studied in the course, as well as some unseen material that will be provided in the exam itself. This is also an open book examination.


  • Exam Length: 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Exam Weighting: 30% of the total qualification
  • Questions: The paper has two sections, A and B. In section A students answer one question from a choice of two, comparing an unseen poem with one they have studied. In section B they answer one question from a choice of two on one poet, or poetic movement that they have studied as part of the course
  • Marks: 30 for section A/ 30 for section B - 60 marks in total

Assignment Information

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress

Past Papers

Visit Edexcel website and download specimen papers here 

Students are able to sit a standalone AS paper as a measurement/guide of their progress if required. However this will incur additional exam fees with your centre. This will be available in May/June 2016 if required. This will not count towards your overall A Level exam and is purely available for students who wish to test their progress. (England only) 

For students in Northern Ireland and Wales the AS will continue to count. 

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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