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AS/A2 English Literature at Bridgewater High School

Course description

What will I study?

The course provides the opportunity for students to study a variety of texts from different genres and different time periods. As with GCSE, students will be examining Drama, Prose and Poetry. The texts studied may range from those written as early as the 14th Century, such as Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’, through to those written post 1990, such as Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’. Students will learn how to: closely examine texts; consider how various contexts affect their production and reception and become aware of different interpretations.

How writers use features such as setting, characterisation and different voices to tell their stories is explored in Unit 1. In Unit 2 (coursework) at least one Shakespeare play will be studied to examine the dramatic genre of Comedy.

If students progress on to A2, the coursework element provides opportunities to extend their own reading of Literature and work independently, which is a good stepping stone for many University courses. Gothic Fiction is the other main area of study at A2. Reading, essay writing and discussion work are key features of this course.

AS Year: Units 1 & 2

A2 Year: Units 3 & 4

Course outline:

  • Unit 1: Aspects of narrative (60% of AS; 30% of A Level)
  • Unit 2: Dramatic Genre (40% of AS; 20% of A level)
  • Unit 3: Texts and Genres (30% of A2)
  • Unit 4: Independent and Further Reading (20% of A2)

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Unit One written examination (2 hours)

Unit 2: Two pieces of coursework

Unit 3: One written examination (2 hours)

Unit 4: Two pieces of coursework

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*- C to include minimum of B in English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgewater High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

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