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English Literature AS & A Level at Scarborough Sixth Form College

Course description

This course consists of the study of prose, poetry and drama. It develops analytical skills, oral communication skills and above all, discursive writing skills.

Course content

Unit 1: Comedy. In this unit we study dramatic comedy through William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. We also study a prose text, Angela Carter’s ‘Wise Children’ and an anthology of comic poetry in the first year.

Unit 2: Political and Social Protest Literature. In this unit we study a range of short extracts as preparation for the unseen critical analysis question on the exam and we also study 3 set texts: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ and ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.

Unit 3: Non-examined assessment (NEA). Students have to produce 2 essays exploring literary texts of their choosing through the lens of different critical theories.

Entry requirements

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you need a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English. A GCSE in English Literature is not a requirement.


This is a 2 year, linear course but there is an opportunity to take it for 1 year and to achieve an AS Level instead of the full A Level. The A Level is assessed through 2 exams and a non-examined assessment (coursework).

Future opportunities

English Literature is highly regarded by universities and employers and is a ‘facilitating subject’ for Russell Group universities. Past students have gone on to have careers in journalism, broadcasting, publishing, academia, teaching, law, social work, politics, marketing and industry

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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