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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Deyes High School

Course description

English literature teaches you to become an expert reader. You will learn to study texts closely, analysing their construction and the effect they have on the reader.

As well as studying how the text functions as a piece of writing, you will also study the historical background of the texts and their relationship to the society the author lived in.

You will learn to place texts within a tradition, whether a formal tradition, historical or thematic tradition and you will also learn to apply critical models, known as literary theory, to the text that you’re studying.

English Literature is a facilitating subject which is highly regarded by our country’s top universities and this course is excellent preparation for further study at one of these institutions.

Course content

The course takes a historicist approach, placing texts firmly in the world, time, culture and society in which they were created.

Entry requirements

Students must be mature, independent readers who are willing to engage with texts from other times and cultures. They should enjoy reading for study and for pleasure.

Students should have a minimum of grade B at GCSE English Language. Any student who falls below this requirement must sit an interview/test with Mr Clarke to prove they are capable of lasting the course.


Paper 1 Examination - Love Through The Ages (3 hours, 75 marks, 40%) In preparation for the examination, students will study: William Shakespeare's, Othello; F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby and a selection of pre 1900 poetry.

Paper 2 Examination-World War One and its Aftermath (2 hours and 30 minutes, 75 marks, 40%) In preparation for the examination, students will study: Pat Barker's Regeneration; Scars Upon Their Hearts, an anthology of female poetry about the war, edited by Catherine Reilly; R.C. Sherriff's, Journey's End and the BBC drama, My Boy Jack plus a selection of wider reading on the subject.

Coursework - Independent Critical Study (50 marks, 20%) An autonomous personal reading project guided by the teacher. Students must produce a 2500 word essay on two literary texts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Deyes High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2015

Key information

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