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English Literature AS/A2 at Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6)

Course description

English Literature B is divided into four units. Two of these are followed at AS and two at A2. The A-level is part exam and part coursework. Different genres within literature are studied as well as Marxist and feminist critical theories. All of these provide exciting new ways of reading texts. The set texts range from Shakespeare to The Kite Runner and students thus gain a breadth of study that is stimulating and inspiring. At A2 students are given new freedoms in choosing their own texts for study.

Course content


Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative

Unit 2: Dramatic Genres



Unit 3: Texts and Genres

Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading

Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade C or above. Minimum grade B must have been reached at both English Literature and English Language GCSE.


80% examination, 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

English forms part of many combined-subject higher education courses and can lead to a wide range of careers for example in the arts, journalism and the media, as well as business studies, the law and administration.

Further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Islington Consortium Office
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    • 020 7017 3040
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