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AS and A Level: English Literature at Loughborough College

Course description

This course is intended for students who enjoy reading and debating possible meanings in texts. You'll have the opportunity to explore a range of work, including contemporary and classical plays, poetry, and novels.

The course takes a historicist approach to literature, working with the view that each text is influenced by the times in which it was written, and that it may be interpreted differently according to the social contexts or beliefs of the reader. This course has been reformed to follow new A Level guidelines; students will be reassessed on AS content at the end of the two years.

Course content

Year One:

  • Love Through The Ages: You will develop your written analysis as you study two novels, one Shakespeare play, and a collection of pre-1900 poetry, looking at the depictions of love throughout time. This unit will be assessed by exam and you will answer questions on your set texts and unseen material. This is worth 100% of AS but results are not counted towards the full A Level.

Year Two:

  • Love Through The Ages: You will be reassessed on three of your set texts, again considering the theme of love through time. You will also prepare to analyse unseen poetry. This unit will be assessed by exam and is worth 40% of the A Level.
  • Texts In Shared Contexts: This unit covers the theme of modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day. You will study one novel, one collection of poetry, and one play, all written post-1945. You will explore literature’s engagement with some of the social, political, and literary issues which have shaped the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This unit will be assessed by exam and is worth 40% of the A Level.
  • Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time. You will prepare a 2500-word essay comparing an aspect of two texts of your own choice, one of which must have been written pre-1900. This is an opportunity to explore an area of literature that is of interest to you. Possible themes include the Gothic, representations of gender or social class, or satire and dystopia. This is a non-examined assessment and makes up 20% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language at grade 6
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, visit us at an Open Day, email or call 01509 618375.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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