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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Chichester High Schools Sixth Form

Course description

The A-level course uses the historicist approach to texts which rests upon reading texts within a shared context.

Students are encouraged to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts in which they were written, received and understood. Students are encouraged to read widely across a range of texts and connect them across time and topic. Appreciating alternative readings and allowing for a range of interpretations is also central to the  methods students will use to approach texts. Students will be encouraged to create an argument and show personal preferences for interpretations of texts.

Course content

Unit 1:

Love though the ages:

Exploration of aspects of a literary theme (LoveThrough the Ages) as seen through time. Students will study three texts: one prose,one poetry and one of Shakespeare’s plays.

Unit 2 :

Texts in shared contexts – Modern Times:

Literature from 1945 to the present day. Students will study three texts:one prose,one poetry, and one drama,of which one must be written post-2000

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above with a grade B in English Language and Literature.


Paper 1: Open book exam. 3 hours, 40% total marks.

Paper 2: Open book exam. 2 Hours 30 minutes, 40% total marks.

Question 1: Set text.

Question 2:Contextual linking.

Paper 3: Extended essay of 2500 words, internally assessed, 20% of A Level.

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chichester High Schools Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

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