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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Balby Carr Community Academy

Course description

The course is based upon a study of texts ranging over several centuries to the present day, to include poetry, prose and drama. Students will be encouraged to offer a personal and critical response to the literature that they study.

Course content


Unit One (LTB1) (2.5hrs) 30%

You are required to explore texts from a choice of

three contexts which will serve as a general

introduction to the study of literature. The first exam

question will refer to this reading. Part two of the

exam is a traditional question on a set poetry text.

Unit Two Coursework 20%

The coursework element at AS requires you to

complete two tasks to include prose and drama.


Unit Three (2.5hrs) 30%

This is a synoptic unit, testing all the analytical skills

you have developed over the course. There will be

unseen texts from the areas of poetry, prose and

drama and they will be linked thematically.

Comparative analysis is required.

Unit Four Coursework 20%

The coursework assignment, overall, needs to be

3000 words in length. It is a response to a

Shakespeare text of your choice with a comparative

study of two further texts thematically linked.




Entry requirements

This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘B’ or above in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature. It is necessary for students to enjoy reading and exploring texts independently. The most important qualities are self-motivation and an ability to work hard.


Both AS and A2 are divided into two units, in each case comprising one examination and one coursework component.

Future opportunities

Students of this subject have a wealth of career choices. The most common are in areas of:

  • Journalism and other media
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Administration

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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