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English Literature AS & A Level at The Wellington Academy

Course description

The English Literature course offers an exciting look at a range of texts from different periods in time and genres that are linked thematically. Although there are two pathways and the assessment requirements are different there will be a combined course of study that will allow all pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for the path that they have adopted.

Course content

The AS course will focus upon three key texts: The Home Place by Brian Friel; The Colour Purple by Alice Walker and What Maisie Knew by Henry James alongside an extensive anthology of poetry. In your study of these texts you will be encouraged to adopt a more critical viewpoint and reflect upon the ways in which others have judged the texts at different points in time. These will inform and support your own judgements and interpretations.

The A Level course will consist of two components – coursework and exam preparation.  For the exam component, you will study the topic ‘Elements of the Gothic’, for which you will study ‘The Bloody Chamber’ by Angela Carter,‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. You will be encouraged to broaden your wider reading, and your two pieces of coursework will allow you to study several areas of key critical theory (feminism, Marxism, metaphor and the nature of what makes literature “art”) before applying this knowledge to three texts of your choosing. 

Entry requirements

5 A*-C at GCSE including English and maths plus subject specific requirements


For both courses the assessment, in the initial year for A Level, will be in the form of external examination. There is the opportunity for more in-depth individual study in the second year of the A Level course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016

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