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English Literature A - AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

At AS level, World War One Literature is studied. 

You will have the opportunity to read widely and write creatively.

You will be able to study this particular period in more depth by studying contemporary texts.

You will also have the opportunity to work independently on coursework in preparation for further study or work gaining analytical skills and seeing how context influences your understanding.

The A2 course builds on the AS foundation and both widens and deepens your literary studies by:

• moving from a defined area of study to the whole of English Literature from Chaucer to the present day

• developing the informed autonomous reader by providing maximum opportunities for choice and the development of students’ own interests.


Course content

A range of fiction and non-fiction texts of different genres and ages will be covered.

Teaching will take place in small groups, but students will be expected to complete additional independent

reading in relation to topics being covered and for comparisons in coursework and examination tasks.

Unit 1: World War I Poetry

Unit 2: Creative Study (World War 1 Literature). One prose text studied. One drama text studied.

Unit 3 : Reading for Meaning. Three texts studied (prose, poetry and drama) on the topic of 'Love Through the Ages'

Unit 4 : Extended essay and Shakespeare Study

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C and preferably a B in English and English Literature.


Unit 1: 2 hour examination - June 2012


60% % of Total A Level Marks30%

Unit 2: Creative Study- Coursework


40% % of Total A Level Marks20%

Unit 3 : Reading for Meaning. 2 hour examination - June 2013

% of Total A Level Marks


Unit 4 : Extended essay and Shakespeare Study

Extended comparative essay of 3000 words

% of Total A Level Marks


Financial information

There are no costs involved with this course - textbooks are provided.

Future opportunities

University degrees in Literature and English Studies. English Literature will also support a range of careers such as journalism, teaching, law, local government and the civil service as well as other careers where communication is important

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year for AS and a further year for A2
  • Course code: 1741/2741