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English Literature AS/A Level at Bow School

Course description

While you are avidly reading the latest book on your shelf, do you ever ask yourself ‘What else has this author written?’  or wonder ‘What were the ideas of the period that made the writer think this way?’, ‘What did reviewers think of this book when it was first published?’ If so, English Literature is a course you will find particularly attractive.

Course content

Over the course of the two years, you will study a number of Poetry, Drama and Prose texts, including popular novels such as Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The independent wider reading element is an essential part of this course. You will learn to articulate and develop a personal response to a text and explore interpretations by different readers such as literary critics.

English Literature is a very wide-ranging subject, that encompasses a range of themes and skills. Many students find English Literature a very well-complimented subject, taking it alongside another essay based subjects such as History and Politics.

Skills gained:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Evaluative Skills
  • Essay Writing Skills
  • Independence
  • Presentation Skills

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Grade B at English Language and English Literature at GCSE, in addition to five A* - C grades, including English and Maths.


Exam Board: Edexcel

Coursework: Only at A2 level.

Future opportunities

Higher Education/Career options:

  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Linguistics
  • Teacher
  • Advertiser

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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