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English Literature A2 Level at The Astley Cooper School

Course description

This course will appeal to you if you have an interest in reading a wide variety of literature and enjoy expressing your opinions and justifying your comments on texts. It will also help you develop your critical and analytical writing skills. You will read a variety of texts covering drama, fiction and poetry. At A2 there are two further units.

Unit 3 Interpretations of Prose and Poetry - In this unit you will develop the skills in reading and responding to texts that you acquired at AS level. You will engage with recently published texts as well as other texts from different periods. In particular, you will respond critically to at least one text published after 1990. You will be expected to comment on unseen prose or poetry and your response will be informed by the reading skills you have developed through the course as a whole. You will compare and contrast texts from different genres. Your independent responses will be informed by an appreciation of the contexts in which texts are written and read and by the interpretations of other readers over time.

Unit 4 Reflections in Literary Studies - This is an exciting opportunity for every Literature student. This unit allow students free choice of texts, unrestrained by date requirements or genre, in order to undertake independent reading and research. The three texts chosen could include works of literary criticism or cultural commentary. They should not be texts that have previously been assessed in any other unit. Texts may be studied and tasks chosen for the group or the individual depending on the size of the group. In the past we have agreed that class sizes of above 15 students will study one collective text. The texts may relate to each other in a variety of ways, such as by movement, period or author. You will study one text in detail, drawing upon your knowledge of a further text(s) and/or exploring relevant critical reception.

The course will be examined by coursework (40%) and examination papers (60%). The quality of written communication will be assessed in all units.

Future opportunities

English Literature is one of the most universally accepted qualifications for entry to Higher Education. It forms a basis for further specialist study of Literature at degree level. Qualifications in English can lead to careers in journalism, media work, advertising, business, publishing, management, the law... even teaching. You will follow this course with two or three other AS/A2 levels or an Advanced Diploma and additionally, the compulsory core such as PSHE, RE, PE/Games.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year