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English Literature AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

English Literature students will be introduced to a range of poetry, drama, novels and short stories. The course features early examples of the genres and modern texts. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to broaden their experience of literature through wide reading and self-supported study. The course aims to promote a lively and informed appreciation of literature. Through reading, discussion and essay writing, students will gain confidence and skill in forming and communicating responses to texts. Students will learn to write interesting, detailed assignments which reflect their increasing experience and knowledge of literature.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. Students need to achieve at least grade B in both GCSE Higher Tier English Language and English Literature. In addition, students need enthusiasm for, and commitment to, reading and discussing literature.


Paper 1 is a written exam, based on drama as a literary genre. It contributes to 40% of the A level grade. Paper 2 is based on text genres, including crime writing and political and social protest writing. This paper contributes to 40% of the final grade. Paper 3 is a non-exam assessment making up 20% of A level. It is based on the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text.

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs may include marketing or sales assistant, jobs requiring a lot of communication or telephone work, trainee news reporter, library assistant, tour guide.

Graduate jobs may include teacher of English as a foreign language, HE lecturer, Primary/Secondary school teacher, advertising account executive, advertising copywriter, charity officer, commissioning editor, marketing executive, newspaper journalist, programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video, public relations officer, and TV, film or video producer

Further information

The English Department offers expertise and enthusiasm. Students will be advised on wide reading and a variety of fiction is available from the College Library and the English Department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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