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English Literature AS & A2 Level (AQA) at Crossley Heath School

Course description

Outline of Course (current):

You will study at least one play by Shakespeare and several other texts, including poetry, fiction and drama, some from the twentieth century and others from earlier times.

You will develop your initial response to literature by reading widely and  discussing the ways in which writers use language to create imaginative, dramatic or emotional effects.

Methods of Study (current):

Group discussions, classroom activities, independent research and reading round the subject are all important to the study of English Literature . We also visit the theatre and are planning our next trip to the Hay on Wye Festival.


There will be examinations at the end of the course and also coursework in both years.



Entry requirements

You will need to have attained at least a B in English / English  Literature.

Future opportunities

The emphasis in this course is very much on communication; you will be expressing your ideas about works of literature, their themes, characters and contexts.  The ability to speak and write well is a basic requirement for most careers which involve dealing with people, equally relevant to the needs of industry, business, journalism and the professions, especially law. 

It is also a course of study which develops the imagination and reasoning powers for example you will be encouraged to ask why a character has behaved in a certain way.

You will build and sustain an argument in a logical and structured manner, giving evidence in support of your opinions.  These skills are useful for all problem-solving activities where an open mind, ability to consult and act upon the advice of others, and the use of imagination and vision are vital factors.

If you are interested in Literature and willing to commit yourself to this course, you will find it rewarding.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One Year for AS Two years for A2