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AS/A2 Level 3: English Literature at Wigston College

Course description

Course Information A Level English Literature is a challenging course that builds on the skills acquired while studying for GCSE English Literature.

Course content

Students will develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, literature through reading widely, critically and independently. Texts will be taken across centuries, genre, gender and race. Students will explore connections and comparisons between texts, as well as considering the significance and influence of the contexts in which they were written and received. At A2, this varied study will continue through the reading and analysis of drama, poetry and prose over time. They will also complete two pieces of coursework which will be based on their own interests within the syllabus’ constraints – some text pre- and some post- 1900.

Entry requirements

Students will need at least 6 A* - C GCSE grades and GCSE grade 6 in English Literature


Assessment: AS Level Assessment: (New specification for 2015/16) Paper 1: Love through the Ages - Shakespeare and Poetry (50% of AS) 1 hour 30 minute exam Paper 2: Love through the Ages Prose (50% of AS) 1 hour 30 minute exam

A2 Level Assessment: (New specification for 2015/17) Paper 1: Love through the Ages - Shakespeare, Poetry and Prose (40% of A2) 3 hours exam Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts Prose, Poetry, Drama (40% of A2) 2 hours 30 minute exam Coursework: Independent critical study (20% of A2)

Financial information

Leicestershire Post 16 Bursary

Students are able to apply to us for support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Future opportunities


A Level English Literature develops many useful skills that employers and further education establishments
recognise and appreciate.

You will develop skills in: Close textual analysis; Reading and selecting
appropriate material; Independent study; Writing logical and cohesive
extended essays; Comparative study; Sociological and historical
textual evaluation


Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us via email at, tel 0116 288 1611 and view our

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

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