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English Literature AS Level at The Astley Cooper School

Course description

This course will appeal to you if you have an interest in reading a wide variety of literature and enjoy expressing your opinions and justifying your comments on texts. It will also help you develop your critical and analytical writing skills.

Course content

You will read a variety of texts covering drama, fiction and poetry.

Unit 1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry (Exam) - In this unit you will study the genres of prose and poetry. Groups of texts have been put together to draw out common or contrasting aspects. In poetry it is the use poets make of the conventions of writing which is taught alongside critical appreciation of the texts. You will read one selection of poems identified for study from a choice of three published collections. In prose it is the use writers make of narrative in prose which is taught with the critical appreciation of the novels. You will read one core literary heritage novel and one further novel or novella from one of 5 groupings of texts to inform your reading and response.

Unit 2: Explorations in Drama (Coursework) - This unit has a dramatic focus. You will study two plays, at least one of which will be Shakespeare. You will be asked to prepare two pieces of coursework with word limit 2000-2500 words one part of the coursework will concentrate on critical readings of text and performances. If you enjoy watching and analysing plays, this is the course for you!

You will follow this course with two or three other AS/A2 levels and, additionally, the compulsory core such as PSHE, RE, PE/Games.


The course will be examined through coursework (40%) and examination papers (60%). The quality of written communication will be assessed in all units.

Future opportunities

English Literature is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for entry to Higher Education. It forms a basis for further specialist study of Literature at degree level.

Qualifications in English can lead to careers in journalism, media work, advertising, business, publishing, management, the law... even teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Astley Cooper School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year