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English Literature B AS/A2 Level at Belfairs Academy

Course description

The course is designed to allow students to cultivate their critical and analytical skills, whilst at the same time, developing knowledge of, an interest in and an enjoyment of literature. A wide range of literature is studied including poetry, plays and novels. If productions of any of the texts studied are being performed, every endeavour will be made to try to ensure the pupils get to view it to aid their love of literature and of the course. This specification is subject to change as at present is a draft specification.

Course content

Year One:

Unit 1: Aspects of Tragedy, Study of three texts, one of which must be a Shakespeare text, a second drama text and one further text.

(40% of A level. 2½ hour exam, closed book).

Year Two

Unit 2: Elements of Political writing. Study of three texts, one post-2000 prose text, one poetry text and one further text.

(40% of A level. 3 hour exam, open book).

Unit 3: Theory and Independence. Non-Exam assessment. Study of one prose text and one poetry text informed by the critical anthology.

(20% of A level. Coursework unit. Two essays of 1250-1500 words).

Entry requirements

English Language grade B and English Literature grade B.


Year One - Unit 1: 1 written examination, 2½ hours in duration. Closed book.

Year Two - Unit 2: 1 written examination, 3 hours in duration.Open book.

Unit 3: Coursework – A study of two texts, informed by the study of the critical anthology.

Future opportunities

An A level in English Literature can prepare students for many employment fields, especially journalism, the legal profession and the arts and media industries.

A level English can also allow students to a path in further education and will greatly help at degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Belfairs Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years