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English Literature AS Level at Ashfield School

Course description

“Books are windows into other world; we just have to draw the curtains.” Anonymous

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." Italo Calvino

Course content

Poetry and drama – 60% weighting

Students will study a selection of poems from a published poetry text. They will develop their understanding of poetic form, content and meaning and their ability to make links and connections within their studied collection. Students will also study aspects of the form of drama via one play. Students will explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in their chosen play. Students develop their ability to engage with different interpretations of their chosen drama text.

Prose – 40% weighting

Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, at least one of which will be pre-1900. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of how genre features and conventions operate in prose fiction texts. They will also develop their reading for detail and analysis of how writers use and adapt language.

Entry requirements

B grade in English Literature at GCSE, as well as four other A*-C grades at GCSE.

Future opportunities

An A level qualification in English Literature can lead to further study at university and into a wide range of careers including Journalism, Teaching, Publishing, Creative Writing, Theatre, Administration, Business and Law. Most sectors value an A level in this qualification.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year