English Literature AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School
You will begin your course studying aspects of narrative
in a variety of literary texts. For AS you will study poetry,
drama, and prose set texts. At A2, the course becomes
more independent. Students are expected to read widely
and independently, with guidance from the teachers.
Students make their own text choices and set their own
You can expect to:
• Read widely and independently both set texts and
others selected for yourselves;
• Engage creatively and develop your knowledge of
literary analysis and evaluation;
• Explore the contexts of the texts and others’
interpretations of them;
• Deepen your understanding of the changing traditions
of literature in English.
Grade B or above in GCSE English Literature.
20% coursework. 80% examination
Where does it lead?
Reasons for choosing to study English Literature can vary
widely. Some choose it because they want to study it at
higher education level. Others choose it simply because
they find studying English stimulating, challenging and
enjoyable. Graduates of English Literature often pursue
professional careers in law, journalism, teaching and
Other useful information
Students often ask about our choice of texts. We have
a very experienced team of A Level English Literature
teachers and set texts are chosen with the groups’
personal interests in mind. Set texts include: Othello,
Richard II, Dracula, The War of the Worlds, In Cold Blood,
Dr Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi and 21st century
Students’ views …
“It’s a good step up from GCSE.”
”I like being able to have my own opinion about books.”
“We are challenged to read books we may not have
“It was my fourth choice and now I’ve applied to study
English Literature at university."
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.