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AS/A2 English Literature at Durham High School For Girls

Course description

In the first year of the course (AS level) you will study two units: • Unit 1 involves the study of Hardy’s poetry and a range of wider reading, all linked to the same set theme: Victorian literature. • Unit 2 requires the production of a coursework folder in response to your study of a prose and a drama text (currently Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” and Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”. In the second year, (leading to a full A level) you will study a further two units: • Unit 3 requires you to read widely and independently on the theme of Love Throughout the Ages. • Unit 4 involves comparative work on three further texts, including a Shakespeare play.

Entry requirements

Your English GCSE courses will have given you an excellent grounding for further study. In addition you must really enjoy reading and analysing texts and be able to think for yourself about ideas arising from them. Girls are given a reading list and advised to make a start with their wider reading over the summer, before starting the course in September.

Financial information

Please see our school website for details of our fees.

Future opportunities

The list of careers pursued by those who have studied English is very long: apart form the careers with obvious links to the subject, such as teaching and publishing, English graduates can be found in journalism; political life; the civil and diplomatic service; the legal profession; the theatre – both the artistic and administrative aspects – banking; industrial and business management; marketing; advertising and many more.You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English Literature, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 May 2015

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