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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Woodlands School

Course description


The AS and A2 English Literature courses encourage students’ enthusiasm for literature of a variety of types and periods, and to develop their ability to read with understanding and discrimination. In the process of studying the works of other writers it is intended that the students should develop as writers themselves.

Course content


AS course content: 

  • Analysing the central position of narrative in literary texts, (examination).
  • Analysing aspects of the dramatic genre focusing on two plays; at least one of which will be by Shakespeare, (coursework).
  • Texts studied may include Hosseini’s Kite Runner, McEwan’s Enduring Love, Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a Shakespearean play, a modern drama and a variety of narrative poems.

A2 course content:


  • Developing ideas on the significance of genre, focusing on either Elements of the Gothic or Elements of the Pastoral, (examination).
  • Independent reading and comparative analysis and application of critical theory, (coursework).

Texts studied may include Shelley’s Frankenstein, Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Tale, Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, the poetry of Marvell and Blake and a wide range of World War One Literature


Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirement is a grade C in English Literature at GCSE.


Exams and coursework in both years.

Future opportunities


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 May 2015

Key information

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