Moving to Edexcel

Have you started teaching A level English Literature with another exam board but are now considering moving to Edexcel? It's easy to start teaching our specification, and you'll find all the documents you need right here.

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Why move to Edexcel?

  • We listened to teachers’ feedback, so our revised list of poetry for AS and A level now has fewer poems.
  • A clear and easy to understand course structure.
  • One genre per paper to meet pre-1900 requirements.
  • Our exams are fully open-book, which is clearer for teachers and students.
  • We’ve made sure our exam papers are student friendly; they’re clearly presented in sections and with logical question styles - so your students can really show what they know.
  • Each AO has equal weighting, with each assessed in the appropriate question(s), meaning you can help your students to focus their response on the skill required.
  • Free copy of our Shakespeare Critical Anthology (Comedy or Tragedy) for all students.
  • Our AS and A level qualifications are co-teachable.


  • We provide free face-to-face coursework marking training, which offers you the opportunity to look at student coursework and includes marks awarded and commentary. Book your place
  • We also offer a coursework advisory service, which offers advice on your students’ coursework text choices and titles.
  • We run local networks which include training content. So far, we’ve looked at: incorporating other interpretations into responses at AS and A level, approaching the post-2000 poetry Anthology, designing appropriate coursework texts and tasks and comparison in the poetry paper.
  • Our Mocks marking training pack also enables you to look at student responses to specimen papers.

Next steps

Sign up to teach with us
Fill out our short Intention To Offer form so that we can keep you updated with all the latest news. 

Arrange a visit from one of our English specialists
Our knowledgeable English specialists are on hand to help you get to grips with the ins and outs of our specification. If you’d like a specialist to visit your school to discuss the practical delivery of the qualification, you can arrange an appointment.

Sign up to receive updates from our English Subject Advisor
For extra information and English-related news, sign up to hear from our expert Subject Advisor Clare Haviland. Clare is available on if you have any questions, and you can also follow her on Twitter @PearsonTeachEng.

Order your free copy of our Shakespeare Critical Anthology: Comedy

For your free copy of our Shakespeare Critical Anthology: Comedy, simply fill in our short form with your details and we'll post one to you.

Still undecided?

You can also explore our range of teaching and planning resources.

Resources for A level GCE English Literature