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English Language A2 Level at Grantham College

Course description

Courses are taught by subject specialists, some of whom are experienced examiners for their subject. This gives them an insight into how to assess student responses with a view to maximising student potential.

Course content

Students study three texts from the crime writing genre: Coleridge’s narrative poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement and Agatha Christie’s novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. We will study these critical methods and ideas:

  • Narrative theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Marxist theory
  • Eco-critical theory
  • Post-colonial theory
  • Literary value and the canon.

Students produce two essays of 1,250-1,500 words each.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language & Literature at Grade C or above.


Paper 1 – Aspects of Comedy – 2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2 – Elements of Crime Writing – 3 hours

There is also a Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) previously known as coursework. It allows students to read widely and choose their own texts (if appropriate). The title of this element, ‘Theory and Independence’, highlights the important idea that, within a literature course, students should have the opportunity to work as independently as possible.

The study of critical theory enables them to gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways.

Students are encouraged to arrive at their own interpretations of texts and become confident autonomous readers.

Financial information

Full Time Further Education courses are free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.  Exam resit fees may apply if and when applicable.

Future opportunities

You could go on to study a HE course at Grantham College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grantham College directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2016
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