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English Literature AS/A Level at Prendergast - Hilly Fields College

Course description

Courses based on this specification must 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 critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them • develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation • explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them.

In addition, A-level specifications must encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

Course content

Year 12 -  Autumn term Introduction to the course and revising key skills World War 1 and its Aftermath

Spring term World War 1 and its Aftermath

Summer term Summer 1&2 Love Through the Ages

Summer 2 Introduction to Texts Across Time Non-examined independent assessment (NEA is like the old coursework unit)

Year 13 -  Autumn term Completion of Texts Across Time - Non-examined assessment (NEA) Love Through the Ages

Spring term Spring 1 Love Through the Ages and exam skills focus

Spring 2 Revision: World War 1 and its Aftermath and exam skills focus

Summer term Summer 1 Revision: Love Through the Ages World War 1 and exam skills focus Summer 2 Examination

Entry requirements

Grade B eqivalent in English Language and Literature at GCSE is required.


The exams and non-exam assessment will measure to what extent students have achieved the following AOs.

• AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

• AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

• AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

• AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.

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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prendergast - Hilly Fields College directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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