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English Literature AS Level at The King's School, Grantham

Course description

The three main areas of English are:

  • Reading (comprehension)
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening. 

English is a creative subject and we pride ourselves on the flexibility and versatility of our delivery which enables us to make use of the wealth of resources (both old and new) in this fast moving world and to adapt to the needs and characters of our particular classes.  Now that all examinations at A level are linear, we feel that it is unhelpful to teach English in blocks as this means that students compartmentalize skills in a subject where they need to be adaptable and resourceful.

Course content


Component 1, Section A

Pre 1900 Prose fiction

Component 1, Section B

Post 1900 Prose fiction

Component 2

Poetry and Drama

Entry requirements

The school’s Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 30. This is the maximum number of places which will be available in Year 12 for candidates who have attended schools other than The King’s School in Year 11. The criteria for admission to the Sixth Form will be:

  1. 6 GCSE passes in different subjects at Grade B or better (to include Maths and English), with Grade B or better in at least 3 subjects to be studied at A Level;
  2. A viable programme of study of either 3 or more GCE AS Level subjects (excluding General Studies) or an Advanced Diploma plus one GCE AS Level subject.

If there are more applicants than places, places will be offered on the basis of overall GCSE performance calculated on a points system where A* = 58 points, A = 52 points, B = 46 points, C = 40 points, D = 34 points, E = 28 points, F = 22 points, G = 16 points, subject to the following:

  1. an applicant must meet the standards outlined in bullet point 1 above.
  2. priority will be given to candidates in the *care of the local authority.

In the event of a tie for the final place the following criterion will apply; distance from **home to school measured in a straight line by Microsoft MapPoint software between the post office address point of the home and the post office address point of the school.

If there are more applicants than places available in a particular AS Level subject, places in that subject will be allocated according to the following criteria in the order shown:

  1. GCSE grade in that subject (where applicable);
  2. Overall GCSE score (in terms of average points per subject entry).



  • Written Test
  • Mock exam

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King's School, Grantham directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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