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English Literature AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

English Literature involves the study of a wide variety of texts. You will be encouraged to form your own opinions, develop your skills of literary analysis and read widely for the two years of the course.

Course content

In your first year you will also study two plays (pre and post 20th Century) comparing the way playwrights deal with similar themes and social issues, and you will also compare poetry by two modern poets. You will then study a Shakespeare text looking at the issues of Shakespeare’s era, the language and dramatic themes.

An important part of your second year is individual study of modern literature for a long comparative essay. Your teacher will help you with this. For example, you may want to explore the role and depiction of women fiction or the use of the unreliable narrator. The choices are yours!

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


Examing Board: Edexcel

A two year linear course assessed through three final examination papers and a non-exam assessment essay.

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You will take part in many trips to back up your studies.  We visit Coleridge country, Hardy's Dorset, Oxford and local and regional theatre trips and much more.

Future opportunities

English Literature is a highly valued university degree and past students have gone into Journalism, finance, research, Law, the army and teaching among many other professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Huish College directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.