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AS/A2 Level English Literature at Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form

Course description


Examination Board: AQA Specification A

The study of English Literature is the study of life; literary texts hold a mirror to society and the relationships which exist; they provide a commentary on life and how people behave. Through exploring and analysing literature from across the ages we are able to gain an insight into different cultures and societies. A keen student of English Literature is someone who enjoys exploring and analysing how writers use language, form and structure to impart meaning. If you want a window into the world then English Literature is for you!

Aims of the course

This course is designed to:

 Develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely and through exploring an extensive range of views and interpretations about texts.

 Encourage candidates to develop as informed, independent readers and critics of literary texts.

 Develop personal responses to literary texts and make connections across texts informed by an understanding of social and historical contexts.

Programme of Study


World War One Literature

AS English Literature is the study of three core World War Literature texts covering the genres of poetry, prose and drama. In addition to this study there is the expectation of wider reading including non-fiction texts also based on the Literature of World War One.

Unit 1: Texts in Context A closed book exam based on an Anthology of World War One Poetry plus a wider reading question which focuses on the following areas: the realities of War, Man‘s inhumanity to man, the physical, mental and spiritual consequences of war, the role of women and the Home Front, politics and patriotism.

Unit 2: Creative Study. The creative study is the development of a coursework folder of 2,500 words that explores the theme of World War in a choice of texts. The texts will be chosen by negotiation between students and teachers.


Love through The Ages

The A2 course synthesizes the skills and learning of the whole course based around the thematic exploration of love within literature.

Unit 3: Reading for Meaning A 2 ½ hour paper of unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary based on the theme of 'Love through the Ages'. A minimum of three texts is required to be studied and complemented with an extensive range of poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction texts.

Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study. Candidates are encouraged to reflect on narrative style, literary techniques, language choices and the effects created by writers. Candidates will also explore the ways different writers structure their ideas. The study is a 3000 words essay which is the exploration of one Shakespeare play and two complementary texts.

Who is the course aimed at?

If you enjoy reading and discussing your opinion and interpretation of what you are reading you will enjoy this course. You will be encouraged to develop your ability to write critically and weigh and consider the views of others. If you enjoy the extensive reading of novels, poetry and plays, then this course is ideal for you! Students of A‘ Level English Literature, who have developed keen skills in analysis and are able to weigh and consider the critical views of others, may follow careers in Law, Journalism and Teaching and Public Relations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Academy Tamworth Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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