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English Literature AS at The Ashcombe School

Course description

Reformed subject

Why study the subject?

English Literature A-level is held in high regard by employers and colleges. It complements other Arts/Humanities courses and is a must for those who are considering Higher Education courses in literature.

Advanced Level English Literature provides students with the opportunity to consider cultural, social, historical, scientific and religious influences that shaped modern and traditional texts. Candidates analyse the values, attitudes and ideas within a wide range of stimulating and challenging texts. Students are exposed to a wealth of texts and expected to read widely and willingly.

English is an interactive subject taught in seminar and discussion groups; students’ own contribution and research play a key role in their enjoyment of the course. Theatre visits and excursions will take place throughout the course.

Course content

Unit 1:

Shakespeare (Measure for Measure)

Pre-1900 poetry (John Milton: Paradise Lost books 9 & 10)

Measure for Measure requires students to demonstrate their detailed knowledge and understanding of the play and engage critically and creatively with ways of responding to it. They should be able to develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation and communicate fluently their judgement on the chosen play. In the case of Milton, learners will need to be aware of connections across Paradise Lost books 9 and 10.

Externally assessed (50% of AS)


Unit 2:

Drama post-1900 (Jez Butterworth: Jerusalem)

Prose post-1900 (George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four)

Jerusalem requires students to demonstrate their detailed knowledge and understanding of the play. In the case of Orwell, students are expected to be able to demonstrate their appreciation of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on writers and readers. This section requires students to read texts in a variety of ways and be able to respond critically and creatively both to their set text and to an unseen prose passage which will be thematically linked to their set text.

Externally assessed (50% of AS)

Entry requirements

Grade A*-C in both English and English Literature GCSE. An enthusiasm for reading and a good standard of written expression are also essential for success in this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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