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English Literature GCE AS/A Level 3 (Specification A) at Fulston Manor School

Course description


  1. a core arts subject English Literature teaches the necessary skills for a wide range of degree courses and is highly regarded by universities. English Literature complements many other Advanced Level subjects and is especially useful for those wishing to pursue a career in the media, journalism, law and public service. Employers value the independent and critical thinking the subject nurtures and the quality of expression the course develops.



  • To read widely and independently both set texts and others they have selected for themselves

  • To engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them

  • To develop skills of argument and expression.

  • To develop and effectively apply their knowledge and literary analysis and evaluation in writing

  • To explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them

  • To provide clear progression from GCSE

Course content

Component 1: Shakespeare and drama and poetry pre-1900

Component 2: Close reading and Comparative and contextual study within the chosen topic area (American


Component 3: Literature post-1900

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the A Level course a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (or equivalent).

Students should have achieved at least GCSE grade 4 and preferably a grade 5 in both English Language and English Literature. It may be possible for students to take the course if these requirements are not fulfilled following discussion with staff.


Consists of two examination papers and a non-examined folder of 3000 words. The assessment structure is 80 % examined assessment and 20% non-examined assessment.

Future opportunities

English complements many other Advanced Level subjects and is essential for those wishing to pursue a career in the media, journalism, law and public service.

Further information

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

This qualification is a ‘new style’ two year linear A Level. Whilst the AS qualification still exists it does not form part of the final A Level, and most students will be expected to study this course for the full two years.

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: 11 October 2017
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