Accessibility links

English AS/A2 Level at Baysgarth School

Course description

The course is suitably demanding, leading you beyond the levels expected at GCSE towards independence in a supportive yet challenging environment. With its focus on analysing and commenting on texts, it provides a firm foundation for study in Higher Education. An attractive feature of the specification is the opportunity it also provides you to respond creatively to texts, both in coursework and examined units.

If you share our passion for English, studying the subject at Baysgarth offers you specialist teachers, small class sizes and a proven track record in exam success!

Course content

What to expect from AS English

Unit 1 is Anthology-based and presents the topic of ‘Food’ through 33 wide-ranging texts. Your understanding of how ideas are presented will be assessed in a 90 minute, two-part exam. This is worth 60% of the overall AS level.

Unit 2 is assessed through coursework and makes up the final 40% of the AS course. Following a study of two thematically-linked texts, you will first have the opportunity to respond critically to extracts of your own choice, followed by a creative writing unit that allows you create a text that illuminates ideas presented.

What to expect from A2 English

Unit 3, also known as “Talk in Life and Literature” allows students to explore the importance of talk in a variety of situations. Following the close analysis of drama, poetry, prose and transcripts, a 2 hour exam worth 60% of the A2 level and 30% overall, will assess understanding of key ideas.

The final unit will draw together all your skills and assess knowledge of Language and Literature through a ‘text transformation’ exercise. Drawing from a wide range of writers, students will be expected to manipulate ideas by fusing together concepts from two chosen texts to produce their own original pieces. This coursework makes up the last 40% of the A2 level.


3 Exams and two pieces of coursework.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

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