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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description



The AS qualification is a one year course, separate from the two year A level course and consists of two examinations each lasting one and a half hours; both will deal with either Aspects of Comedy or Aspects of Tragedy, to be chosen by the teachers. Paper One is based on two drama texts, one of which has to be by Shakespeare. Paper Two examines the chosen aspect in one prose and one poetry text.

The A level qualification is a two year course which has three components: 1. Aspects of Comedy or Tragedy 2. Elements of Crime or Political and Protest Writing and 3. Coursework. All three components are examined in the final year of the course.

Course content


Entry requirements


We invite you to study English at AS or A level, if you have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, normally including grades A*, A or B in English and English Literature; we are also prepared to consider individual cases.

Your previous teacher’s recommendation will play an important part in your acceptance.

Our main requirements are enthusiasm, co-operation, participation, preparation and dedication. English is a challenging option: ability and commitment are essential for success.


2 Exams in AS Year.

A2 Year:



In Paper 1 you will study three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. You will be assessed by a two and a half hour written examination which will include one passage-based question on a set Shakespeare text, one essay question based on the same text and one essay question linking the other two texts

In Paper 2 you will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry text and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. The three hour written examination will include one compulsory question on an unseen passage, one essay question on a set text and one essay question which connects two texts

Coursework consists of the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of a Critical Anthology.

Future opportunities


The study of English Literature combines well with many other subjects and is a good basis for careers in Education, Media, Journalism, Law, Business and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September