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English Literature - AS and A Levels at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Wide reading of a range of texts from medieval to modern, across the key genres of Prose, Poetry and Drama.
  • The development of Key Skills Communication at level three. In particular, discussion, presentation and formal essay writing. The development of transferable skills.
  • External activities including theatre visits and seminars at Higher Education providers.

Course content

A well-established AS/A Level course which develops students' abilities to analyse the features of literary texts and to discuss them in a variety of ways.

Students will have the opportunity to study the three key genres of Prose, Poetry and Drama. A range of texts will be chosen across time. A feature of the course is a focus on the works of Shakespeare and modern prose fiction.  

Coursework plays an important role in overall assessment, giving students the opportunity to research a topic in depth and learn the skills of extended writing and editing.

Entry requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty.


Assessment takes the form of a combination of examinations and coursework.

At AS level, there are two modules:

Unit 1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry (60%). Students will sit an examination of two hours and fifteen minutes. They will respond to texts they have not seen before in an unseen element and write on poems and novels they have studied, such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Unit 2: Explorations in Drama (40%). Students will write on two plays, at least one by Shakespeare, and produce a coursework portfolio. Tasks will include an extended academic essay and creative assignments such as taking the role of director.

There are a further two modules to complete the full A Level:

Unit 3: Interpretations of Prose and Poetry (60%). Students will write on poems and prose extracts which they have not seen before. They will also write an essay on two novels they have studied, for exampleCaptain Corelli's Mandolin by Loius de Bernieres and Tess of the d'urbervillesby Thomas hardy.

Unit 4: Reflections in Literary Studies (40%). This unit builds on coursework completed at AS Level. Students will study two texts and produce an extended essay which compares them and places them in their social and literary contexts. Examples of texts would include Sara Water's The Little Stranger and Ian McEwan'sAtonement.

Future opportunities

A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to Higher level qualifications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas. The course is a sound preparation for any proposed vocation involving the practical use of language and communication. It would be relevant to careers in Journalism, the Media, Social Work and Counselling, Secretarial and Office Work, Teaching, Librarianship, Performing Arts, Advertising and Marketing.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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