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English Literature AS A2 at The Rushden Community College

Course description

The course aims to develop increasingly confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts as they pay close attention to how narrative works in text; make connections across texts; explore genre through the study of drama, prose and poetry; extend independent reading and extend their awareness of different critical method and readings.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 Aspects of Narrative (open book exam)

Unit 2 Dramatic Genres (a portfolio of two pieces of written coursework - one analytical and one 're-creative')

A2 Level

Unit 3 Texts and Genres (closed book exam on at least three prose and poetry texts)

Unit 4 Further and Independent Reading (a portfolio of two pieces of written coursework - one comparative study of two texts and application of critical methods to a text)

Current set texts include The Kite Runner ; Enduring Love , Great Expectations , selections of poetry by W H Auden and Christina Rossetti, plays by Shakespeare and other Jacobean dramatists, Chaucer, Mary Shelley, Angela Carter and texts independently selected by each student.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades C or above. This must include English and English Literature, preferably at Grade B or above.


Examination with the possibility of up to two coursework units. AS one year, A2 two years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rushden Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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