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English Literature A level at Alsager School

Course description

AS: This will prepare students for 2 final examination papers (both 1hr and 30 minutes). Paper 1 is a closed book examination on the Aspects of Tragedy option, involving the study of such texts as Shakespeare’s “Othello” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”. Paper 2 is an open book examination on Prose and Poetry where students will study texts such as F.Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” and a selection of John Keats’ poetry.

A2: This will prepare students for 2 final examination papers and the production of two 1500 word coursework essays. Paper 1 (2hrs 30 minutes) will follow a similar format to the AS Paper 1. Paper 2 (3 hours) will prepare the students for examination on one of two modern literary genres (either Crime Writing or Political Writing) so, for example if the Political option was chosen, students might study texts such as Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”, Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times” and William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience”. The Theory and Independence coursework essays will allow students to read widely and show how different theoretical and critical methods can be applied to the subject.

Entry requirements

You should enjoy reading all forms of literature (novels, plays and poetry) and have gained at least a grade B at GCSE English Literature.


100% examination Exam 2 papers (50% per paper)

80% Exam (40% per paper)
20% Coursework

Future opportunities

Of course, if you hanker to study English Literature in Higher Education, then an English Literature A level is a must. The new courses clearly offer plenty of scope for developing the kind of independent thought and study habits which will be essential at university level, and it’s our aim to foster pupils’ love of literature while fully equipping them to take their studies further.
English Literature fits well in any combination of A level subjects. In Higher Education an increasing number of courses allow for English to be studied alongside other subjects, particularly those from the Arts or Humanities.
The intellectual and practical skills learned and developed during this course are valued highly by universities and employers, and a good English Literature A level is widely recognised as proof of intelligence and communicative skills. Careers include journalism, business and management, the media and the law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 January 2016
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