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English Literature AS Level at Parkside School

Course description

AS level English Literature is a course suited to students who are interested in other human beings: relationships, emotions, ideas, cultures and traditions are explored through poetry, prose and drama.


Course content

The aims of the course at AS level are to develop confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts. Students will be encouraged to use critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination. They will be expected to reflect on their own responses to texts, to consider other readers interpretations and to develop some awareness of the contexts in which texts are written.

Entry requirements

This course requires students to be positive, creative, independent learners.

It is imperative that they have a genuine interest in and love of Literature. Students will be expected to read widely, critically and across centuries, genre and gender. They should be able to write with ease and flair and use an extensive range of views about texts to inform their writing.


Unit one: Aspects of narrative- a study of two novels. External examination

Unit two: tragedy--two pieces of coursework:

One on Shakespeare; one on a modern play(1200--1500 words in each)


Future opportunities

English deals with ideas, attitudes and relationships. An understanding and appreciation of Literature is an excellent preparation for such careers as: Law, Journalism, Accountancy, Education, Civil Service, Nursing, Social Work, Retailing and Advertising .

Further information

It is anticipated that students will participate in regular theatre and film trips. In the summer term a visit to the Globe Theatre in London takes place and when possible a residential in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Students are encouraged to participate in external lectures about their set texts and, on occasions speakers are invited into school to talk to students about various aspects of literature and the demands of the examinations.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year