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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

If the idea of reading is alien to your nature, if writing is a sad activity in your view and if the notion of thinking and giving your opinion is worse than a visit to the dentist, do NOT choose this subject. On the other hand, if you have read more than the GCSE texts inflicted on you in Years 10 and 11 and find that reading can be thought provoking or can fire the imagination, then this could be your subject.

If developing the power and variety of your writing skills is an appealing idea and you recognise that command of language is a valuable asset, you will find this course offers you the chance to cultivate your ability. The move from GCSE to A level is demanding but if you apply yourself with determination you will gain the same success that previous students have achieved.

Furthermore, you will have developed a capability for, and appreciation of, literature that will be of service to you in any further course or career you pursue.

Course content

• Unit 1: Texts in Context (60% of AS, 30% of A level) Written exam (open book) – studying a range of texts exploring ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’.
• Unit 2: Creative Study (40% of AS, 20% of A level) Coursework, two tasks – one on prose text, one on drama text. 2,000 to 2,500 words in total
• Unit 3: Reading for Meaning (30% of A level) Written exam (closed book) – two questions involving unprepared extracts and wider reading on the unit theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’.
• Unit 4: Extended essay and Shakespeare study (20% of A level) Coursework – extended essay of 3,000 words


Units 1 and 2 are normally examined in the June of the AS year, and Units 3 and 4 in June of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Students studying English at Sheringham have been very successful, their interest and effort achieving a pass rate of 100%. The department is naturally concerned also with the wider cultural development of students. The department offers a week long summer term literary trip for years 12 and 13 which has taken place in Dublin, Bronte country, Hardy’s Wessex, Lawrence’s Nottinghamshire coalfields, Fowles’ Lyme, Dickens’ workhouses, Byron’s Newstead and Shakespeare’s Stratford.

We are justly proud of our English students at Sheringham and believe them to be among the best prepared, liveliest and most personable souls. Past students have gone on to study a wide range of degree courses at university, including, of course, English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years