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English Literature (AS) at Preston Manor School

Course description

Students who enjoy reading and like engaging in texts and discussions that explore our humanity and the world around us will find this course has a lot to offer. Students have the opportunity to study a range of texts including classics and more contemporary literature.



Course content

Unit 1 - Poetry and Prose 1800 - 1945. We will study a novel and a poetry collection. Currently these are The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and selected poems of Emily Dickinson.

Unit 2 - Literature post-1900. We study a range of contemporary literature and literary criticism including Disgrace by JM Coetzee, a second novel and poetry by a modern poet (currently Seamus Heaney).

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language/English Literature Grades B+/B+


Unit 1 - is assessed by written examination. 

Unit 2 - is coursework, which is submitted by March.  Students sit Unit 1 at the end of the year, in June.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English Literature, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

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