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English A2 level at The Bushey Academy

Course description

The course objectives are common to AS and A2 Level. The central idea is that the exploration of reading processes can be an interesting and enriching way to approach literary texts. In AS the focus is on comparing the ways in which stories are told and thereby constructing different realities. At A2 this foundation is extended in two main ways: by looking in more detail at the ways texts reproduce cultural meaning, and by considering the ways in which texts can be subjected to various critical approaches, yielding different and often challenging interpretations.

At AS students will:

  • pay close attention to how narrative works in texts;
  • make connections across texts through exploring narratives;
  • be introduced to the notions of genre through the study of drama

At A2 students will:

  • broaden their understanding of genre and categorisation;
  • extend their independent reading;
  • extend their awareness of critical methods and readings.

Course content

Over the two years students will study four units. At AS students will study Aspects of Narrative in Unit 1. This unit has a particular focus on how narratives are constructed by authors, and the different ways in which they can be responded to by readers. Students will also study Dramatic Genres in Unit 2 where they will be introduced to tragedy in the form of drama.

At A2 students will study Texts and Genre in Unit 3 where the aim is to develop ideas on the significance of drama established during the AS course. The final unit of study is Further and Independent Reading where the aims are to introduce students to a wide range of texts, to different ways of reading texts for study and to critical ideas which should be applied to literary texts.

Entry requirements

  • English Language GCSE: B
  • English Literature GCSE: B


The course is assessed through coursework and terminal examinations. At AS, Unit 1 is assessed by one terminal examination and Unit 2 is assessed by two pieces of coursework. At A2, Unit 3 is assessed by one terminal examination and Unit 4 is assessed by two pieces of coursework.

Future opportunities

A Level English is a useful entry requirement for any degree course in Arts or Social Sciences. It is also a valuable qualification for a variety of courses including law, teaching, journalism and a career in the media. It is valued by employers and indicated an ability to read critically, write coherently and to develop and sustain a line of thought.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bushey Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years