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English Literature A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

English Literature is for people who get a buzz out of books. Throughout the course you will develop your skills as a critical and analytical reader. This will involve studying set texts in class, and reading independently the books that you choose and enjoy. You will also look into the lives of authors, poets, playwrights, and consider how history shapes writing. English Literature is a very creative subject, allowing for individual interpretation and viewpoint; we like students to develop their own `voice’. There is also a creative writing option for the AS coursework.

Course content

AS: You will study `The Victorians’ in Year 12. This will include novels, plays and poems written in or set in the 19th century. This will include 3 set texts - the rest will be your own wider reading. You will develop your skills of analysis and interpretation, and study the history of the times. A2: You will study `Love Through The Ages’ in Year 13. Again, this will include 3 set texts - one of which will be Shakespeare and plenty of wider reading from Chaucer, right through to current Booker shortlisted novels. A2 builds on and extends your skills of analysis, interpretation and comparison.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 5 A*- C pass rate to study a Level 3 course.It is desirable to have B grades or above in English and/or English Literature


AS- Coursework folder of 2 pieces- 1 essay/creative piece, I comparative essay (1500 words total) Exam- (June) - one unseen non-fiction passage, one essay on set poetry text (2 Hours) A2- Coursework- 1 essay on Shakespeare and 2 other texts (3000 word total) Exam-(June) - two questions on unseen passages for comparison (2 hours).

Future opportunities

English Literature is an established, traditional academic subject. It works well as an A level alongside creative subjects such as Art or Drama, and with humanities/social sciences such as History, Psychology and Communications and Culture. Many of our students have gone on to study English Literature or English related courses such as journalism or creative writing at university. This has then led to careers in teaching, the media, journalism and business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years