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English Literature A-Level at The West Bridgford School

Course description

AS and A level courses based on this specification should encourage students 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 have selected 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 valuation 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.

This specification has been designed to:

  •  Be accessible to the full ability range within AS/A2.
  •  Be progressive and allied to exciting new ways of looking at texts.
  •  Offer greater flexibility in the selection, teaching and assessment of texts to suit the various traditions of literature in English


Unit 1 -  Aspects of Narrative (exam: 60% of AS)

Unit 2 -  Creating Texts

Coursework Portfolio: a minimum of two texts for study within the dramatic genre of Comedy. Two pieces of written coursework, 1200-1500 words each (40% of AS)


Unit 3 -  Texts and Genres (exam: 60% of A2)

Unit 4  - Further and Independent Reading

Coursework Portfolio: Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. Two pieces of written coursework, one comparative study of two texts, 1500-2000 words and one of 1200-1500 words on an aspect of critical anthology to a literary text (40% of A2).


Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English Literature, within one of the below:

3 A Level subjects + General Studies: 3 Grade B in chosen subjects + 2 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

4 A Level subjects + General Studies: 2 Grade A/A* + 2 Grade B in chosen subjects + 1 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

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