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A level English Literature at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The English Literature A specification encourages students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender, and through experience of an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them. Each year students will examine prose, poetry and drama. They will improve their written expression and independent study skills, through analytical and comparative coursework, with the majority of the assessment in a single exam.

This course helps to develop reading, writing and communicative skills, so can complement a range of other courses that also utilise such skills. It would combine well the study of any course that involves reading and the close analysis of texts such as history, modern foreign languages or media studies.


Unit 1 (AS): Texts in Context: World War One Poetry (2 hour exam – open book)

Unit 2 (AS): Creative Study: response to novel and a play on World War One(Coursework of 2500 words)

Unit 3 (A2): Reading for Meaning: two questions involving unprepared extracts and wider reading on the theme ofLove Through the Ages.

Unit 4 (A2): Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (Coursework of 3000 words)

Entry requirements

B grade in English Literature GCSE recommended. C grade minimum.


Examination 60%   Coursework 40%

Future opportunities

The study of English Literature can lead to broad range of further study at university level including English Literature and related courses such as Media Studies and History, and on to varied careers including journalism, law or teaching.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years (A2)