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English Literature AS & A Level at Outwood Academy Newbold

Course description

This course will enable students to develop their analytical skills and powers of expression through the close study of thought-provoking and inspirational texts

Students will read classic examples of poetry, prose and drama, such as Othello by William Shakespeare, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and selected poems by Tony Harrison.

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Literature at GCSE

This course is ideal for anyone who enjoys reading, who is prepared to work at a challenging pace and who has an ability to read beyond the literal text. Students who choose this course need to be effective communicators, orally, so that they can share their ideas in class discussions and in writing, so that they can eloquently demonstrate their understanding.


AS Level

  • Paper 1: Literary genres: drama
    What’s assessed – Choice of two options Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy: Othello and Death of a Salesman
    Assessed: 50% of AS level written exam: 1½ hours, closed book.
  • Paper 2: Literary genres: prose and poetry
    What’s assessed Option 2A: Aspects of tragedy: Tess of the Durbervilles, and Poetry of John Keats.
    Assessed: 50% of AS level written exam 1½ hours, open book

A Level

  • Paper 1: Literary genres
    40% of A level Texts to be confirmed
  • Paper 2: Texts and genres
  • 40% of A level Texts to be confimed
  • Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence: 20% of A level
    What’s assessed Study of two texts: one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology
    Two essays of 1250-1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Future opportunities

The study of literature opens doors to a vast range of careers, including journalism, media, law, teaching, business, commerce – in fact, any field in which communication, the presentation of ideas, group discussion and analytical and creative thinking are valued.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Outwood Academy Newbold directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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