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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School English Literature A Level AQA (Block E) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description


The course will enable you to develop your interest and enjoyment inliterature by reading widely and gain an understanding of the traditionsof English Literature. There is also opportunity for you to develop yourown creative skills.

The course is aimed at students who can demonstrate that they readfiction independently and are interested in reading a wide variety ofliterature from the past and present. Students who enjoy expressingtheir opinions and justifying their comments on texts.

AS Course:

Course Content

  • Unit One Texts in Context - Victorian Literature. Students areexpected to respond to a variety of texts and have a detailedknowledge of the Victorian period. Examination is through twoquestions, one based on a set poetry text and the other willexplore the wider Victorian context. Texts studied include ThePoetry of John Clare, The Poetry of Tennyson, The BarrettBrownings.
  • Unit 2 Creative Study - Students are expected to select one dramaand one prose text and (1) Provide a personal, informed responsewhich could be creative or transformational; (2) Analysis of adrama text focusing on context, themes, structures andcharacterisation: A Doll’s House, Wuthering Heights.

If you progress to A2 you will study:

  • Unit 3 Reading for Meaning: Wider reading based on the theme of‘Love throughout the Ages’. Students are expected to study aminimum of three texts. Students will be examined on 4 unseenextracts and they will be required to respond with close textualanalysis, employing an extensive critical language. In addition,students will then be expected to respond to additional extractsand support with their own wider reading.
  • Unit 4 Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study: Students will studyone Shakespeare play plus two texts from any genre. The threetexts will share a common theme e.g. Love through the Ages or atheme identified in negotiation with the teacher. E.g. TheWinter’s Tale/King Lear.

Additional Information

Progression Routes:

English Literature is for students who enjoy studying a subject which isrelevant to their own lives and may wish to use this popular qualificationfor application to higher education.

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve  at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.

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Future opportunities

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. The course will also 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

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Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12EBwEL1