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English Literature AS Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Students opting for this course must have a love of reading and a keenness to respond critically to texts. They will need to be prepared to do more reading and essay writing on their own than at GCSE. Ideally, they should have strong research skills to enable them to explore contexts and concepts linked to texts studied in class with a degree of independence, outside of lessons. Students who are willing to think for themselves, ask challenging, considered questions of their peers and staff and who are naturally evaluative and reflective are best suited to this course. Competent skills in writing are also necessary; there will be a number of essays to write across the course and within the examination so a decent ability to be able to structure arguments and express ideas clearly in this form would be helpful.

Course content

The course engages students in a study of a broad range of literary texts from different time periods and genre. Exploration of all texts will engage students in the exploration of how the theme of love is presented in Literature from across the ages. All students study one Shakespeare text, a range of poetry and two prose texts, knowledge and analysis of which are assessed across two terminal examinations.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade C in either GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature.


Two terminal examinations, each worth 50% of the final qualification.

Future opportunities

Law, Psychology, Journalism, Management, Teaching, Publishing and Theatre work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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