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English Literature A Level at Corelli College Co-Operative Academy

Course description

Course Outline

Both the AS and the A level course cover a range of text types, drama, prose and poetry, and a range of dates, from Elizabethan literature to literature of the 21st Century. We will be looking at how writers shape texts and create meaning, how changing contexts can change meanings, and how meaning can change when viewed through different critical lenses.

The AS course consists of two novels on the theme of Science and Society (Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale), an aspect of which will be compared in the final exam; a pre-1900 play; and a selection of modern poetry. The A Level course covers the same texts and, in addition, applies critical readings to a Shakespeare play, explores selected poems and includes a coursework essay.

The coursework essay allows students to expand their reading and develop their independent working skills by choosing their own texts to produce a 2500 word essay comparing an aspect of two texts.

In addition to the research skills gained from wider reading around the core texts, students will also develop their critical thinking and analytical writing, skills which are prized in a variety of different university courses and careers.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5A*-C GCSEs including 2 Bs in English Language and English Literature GCSE


A Level = 20% coursework, 80% Final Exam

AS = 100% Final Exam

Future opportunities

English Literature is a facilitating subject which is valued for entry into many Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law courses by Universities.

It can also be the basis for a career in a wide range of areas including: Lawyer, Business Communications, PR, Teacher, Librarian, Journalism, Publishing and Marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corelli College Co-Operative Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2017
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Key information

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