S and A2 English Literature
This course will appeal to students who:
ideally have obtained Grade B or better in GCSE English Literature
have an interest in reading a wide variety of literature from the past and present
enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments on texts
enjoy studying a subject which is relevant to their own lives and experiences
wish to keep their options open for further study ― English Literature is a popular qualification for entry to a wide range of courses in higher education or for future careers.
AS 1: The Study of Drama
• Section A – The Study of Shakespeare (one play studied)
• Section B – The Study of a Twentieth Century Dramatist (two plays studied)
Internal Assessment of two pieces of work, one based on Section A and the other on Section B.
40% of AS Level, 20% of actual A-Level.
AS 2: The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 and The Study of Prose 1800-1945:
• Section A – The Study of Poetry Written after 1800 (two poets studied)
• Section B – The Study of Prose 1800-1945 (one text studied)
External Assessment – 2 hour exam. Section A will be open book; Section B will be closed book.
60% of AS Level, 30% of actual A-Level.
Students can take AS as a stand alone qualification. However, to obtain the full A Level qualification students in Year 14 must take the second half of the course, referred to as A2.
A2 1: The Study of Poetry 1300-1800 and Drama
• Section A – The Study of Poetry 1300-1800 (one text studied)
• Section B – Drama 1300-1800 (two texts studied)
External Assessment – 2 hour exam.
Section A will have an extract/poem provided; Section B will be closed book. 50% of A2 Level, 25% of overall A-Level.
A2 2: The Study of Prose – theme based
• Section A – Close analysis of an extract from a post 1990 novel on a given theme (one text studied)
• Section B – Comparison of two novels on the same theme as that chosen for Section A (two texts studied)
External Assessment – 2 hour exam. Section A and Section B are closed book. 50% of A2 Level, 25% of overall A-Level.
What can students do with a qualification in English Literature?
English Literature is one of the main subjects in the Arts and Humanities family and complements subjects such as Languages, History and Politics. It also is a particularly good choice as a fourth subject for those wishing to specialise in Science or Medicine as it portrays the student as having a range of interests and excellent communication skills. A qualification in GCE English Literature could lead students into a degree course in the Arts, Humanities and Communication. Armed with GCE English Literature they could even go straight into employment. The skills acquired during this course are in high demand from employers as well as universities and colleges. If young people are interested in a career in journalism, the media or law, then a qualification in GCE English Literature is a good basis for further training in these areas amongst others.