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English Literature AS and A2 Level at Boston College

Course description

This course is for those who enjoy reading and who wish to explore a wider range of texts and literary genres. 

At AS you will study four texts - two plays, a novel and poetry, under the title 'Aspects of Comedy'. At A2 you will revise three of these texts and also study novels and poetry in the Crime Writing genre. Unseen extracts will also be analysed, and activities include reading at home, detailed discussion of texts in class, debates, essay writing and trips to theatres and lecture days. 


Course content

Aspects of Comedy 
Paper 1 - Drama 
Paper 2 - Prose and Poetry 

Paper 1B - Aspects of Comedy (3 texts) 
Paper 2A - Elements of Crime Writing (3 texts and unseen) 
NEA - Coursework (2 essays) 

You will have a range of facilities available to you including; course books, on-site library, moodle and English review. 

Theatre trips and lecture days in London are also available, along with guest speakers e.g, Andrew McDonnell

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 5 and above) including English Literature at grade B or above (New GCSE grade - 6 or above) or equivalent. 


The AS exam is taken at the end of Year 1. If you do not wish to continue with the subject you will have an AS qualification. Otherwise, if you choose to continue into the second year and gain your full A-level qualification at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

Most students go on to University degress in English Literature or related subjects. 

Career opportunities: journalism, creative writing, publishing, teaching, broadcasting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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