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English Literature at Heston Community School

Course description

Unit 1b: Literary genres: Comedy:

Unit 2b: Texts and genres: Elements of political and social protest writing:

Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence:

Course content

Unit 1b: Literary genres: Comedy: Texts in this unit are stories which primarily amuse, where the discomfort of characters generally excites laughter rather than concern and where no great disaster occurs. All texts contain a love interest for the protagonist and marriage is a focal point. In all cases society itself (as represented in the texts), and the behaviour of men and women in it, are ridiculed. Some of the texts studied in this unit include: ‘Twelfth Night’; ‘Small Island’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Unit 2b: Texts and genres: Elements of political and social protest writing: What defines the texts studied in this unit is that they have issues of power and powerlessness at their core, with political and social protest issues central to each text’s structure. The political and social protest genre covers representations of both public and private settings. Some of the texts that will be studied include: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’; ‘The Kite Runner’ and Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’.

Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence: This unit is designed to allow students to read widely, to choose their own texts (if appropriate) and to understand that contemporary study of literature needs to be informed by literary theory. This year students studied ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and a collection of Betjeman poetry.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved a Grade 5 in English and Mathematics and an Attainment 8 GCSE score of 46 in the remaining subjects.  In addition to this minimum entry requirement, it is preferable for students to have achieved at least GCSE Grade 6 in any subject that they intend to study at A level.  Where courses are oversubscribed, students’ Attainment 8 GCSE score, English and Mathematics grades will be used to allocate places.


Duration: 2 years          Board: AQA            Assessment: Examination & Coursework

Future opportunities

Careers in Writing or Editing, Publishing, Public Relations, Broadcasting, Teaching, Sales, Marketing, Business Management, Law and Librarianship.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, ask your Careers Adviser or get in contact with us.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017
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