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English Literature AS level at Nottingham Girl's Academy

Course description

If you enjoy reading and would like to study a wide range of novels, poetry and drama, then English literature A level will offer you both interest and challenge.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry
  • Unit 2: Love through the Ages: Prose

In Year 12 you will study a Shakespeare play, such as ‘Othello’ or ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, an anthology of love poetry and two prose texts. There is a wide selection of prose texts available to study, from the 19th Century ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte to modern novels such as ‘The Rotter’s Club’ by Jonathan Coe or ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan.

Entry requirements

5 + A* to C grades at GCSE including B grade or above in English.


There are two examinations:

  • Paper 1 – Love through the ages: Shakespeare and poetry (1 hour and 30 minutes), worth 50% of the AS.
  • Paper 2 – Love through the ages: prose (1 hour and 30 minutes), worth 50 % of the AS.

Future opportunities

English Literature dovetails with any other subject and is traditionally regarded as one of the most flexible vocational subjects. It can be the basis for very many careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nottingham Girl's Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year