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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description


To enjoy reading and discussing literature. Reading can illuminate many areas of experience. Because the course encourages you to develop clear thinking and expression, it can support many other subjects.

You will study and compare in detail some literary works, many contemporary. You will be able to improve your skills and other people’s by working in groups. You will also learn how to apply literary theory to texts and to consider texts within their socio-economic and political contexts.


Course content


We discuss literature and write about the ideas and language of our writers. At AS, you will read 4 texts: a variety of poetry, a range of fiction and Shakespeare plays. At A2 you will read another four texts, including poetry, drama and contemporary prose. One text must be pre-1770 and one must be post-1990. Half of the course is assessed by coursework and half by exam. You will be required to compare texts throughout the course.

Two teachers share the teaching of each group. Units 2 and 4 are coursework.

Entry requirements


You will need grade B or higher in GCSE English and English Literature to benefit from this course. You should be someone who loves to read and discuss literature and likes writing about her findings and her ideas.



AS is in 2 units at the end of Year 12.

Unit 1 Explorations in prose and poetry

Unit 2 Explorations in drama


A2 is in 2 units at the end of the year.

Unit 3 Interpretations of prose and poetry

Unit 4 Reflections in Literary Studies

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

Key information

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