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As / A2 Level English Literature at St Michael's Catholic High School

Course description

Aims of the course:
English Literature should encourage candidates to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they:
• read widely and independently both set texts and others that they select for themselves;
• engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;
• develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing;
• explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them;
• deepen their understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English.
Therefore, it is vital that students enjoy reading and are willing to read a lot during the A Level. If students do not wish to read several books a year, they should not select this A Level.


Course content:
Our AS Level course is an in-depth and fascinating study of the literature of the First World War, looking at themes including minds under stress, conflict, duty and attitudes from those at home. Students are expected to read a range of texts including prose, poetry, drama, letters, diaries and literary criticism. Writers studied include Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Vera Brittain, Rupert Brooke and Isaac Rosenberg as well as contemporary writers who write about the war, including Pat Barker, R.C. Sherriff and Sebastian Barry.

Entry requirements

Minimum of grade B in GCSE English Literature and grade C in GCSE English Language, or B in IGCSE English Language. Students will not be accepted onto the course without these required grades.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

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

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