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English Literature AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

The specification will give you a rounded exposure to different aspects of narrative and dramatic genres, allowing you to display abilities in a variety of written disciplines and demonstrate your understanding of these contexts, in many different aspects of literary representation, with particular focus on how narratives are constructed and different ways in which they can be responded to by readers. You will learn to: • Read widely and independently, both set texts and ones you choose yourself. • Engage creatively with a substantial body of texts, exploring contexts and reading from different theoretical starting points. • Develop literary analysis and evaluation and encourage a deeper understanding of the various traditions of literature in English

Course content


AS Unit 1:      LITB1 — Aspects of Narrative [Examination]

AS Unit 2:      LITB2 — Dramatic Genres [Coursework portfolio]

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE English / English Literature The course is for students who enjoy reading, writing and talking about a range of challenging texts. This course does not include any elements of creative writing found in the subject at GCSE, instead the emphasis is on the analytical, allowing you to develop your interests through the study of a variety of demanding texts. This is a good course for students who come with an open mind.



AS UNIT 1: ASPECTS OF NARRATIVE (Worth 60% of AS Award) ~ Students study four texts: two novels [one post 1900], and two units of poetry [1800 -1945].  The examination paper has two sections.  Students must answer one question from each section; they must make cross-references between the four texts studied for this unit.

AS UNIT 2: THE DRAMATIC GENRE (Worth 40% of AS Award) ~ Students will study two plays within the dramatic genre of tragedy.  They will aim to complete a written account of each text (2 x 1500 words essays) - One of the plays must be written by Shakespeare. 


Future opportunities

A grade ‘D’ or better at AS-level, allows progression onto Year Two of the overall A-Level course. A2-level, is UNIT 3 and UNIT 4 of the course. This section of the course is crucial to the completion of the final ‘AQA Advanced Level GCE in English Literature’.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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