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AS and A2 level: English Literature and Language at Casterton College Rutland

Course description

Why study English? English is a fascinating subject that leads to greater insight into personality, motives, relationships and even cultural issues. You will improve your ability to work independently, and it will help you to develop both flexible and adaptable skills as well as your written and spoken communication. It is a demanding course that extends and develops the work done at GCSE. If you enjoy reading extensively you will enjoy English.

Course content

What will I study? At AS level you will study texts in an anthology that will serve as the staple of the course and which covers a range of literary and non-literary texts. You will be introduced to the study of language change over time and will also study the spoken word. At A2 texts are studied in greater detail, including close analysis of a play. You will learn how to respond to both literary and non-literary texts of all kinds, and will learn how to approach and analyse a wide range of texts critically.

Entry requirements

4 A levels – 5 grades at B at GCSE including English and Maths

3 A levels – 6 A*-C including Maths and English.

Nearest relevant GCSE to A level at B grade.


How will I study? The lessons will be a combination of teacher-led activities, individual, pair and group work as well as both individual and group research projects and presentations. There is an examination in January and a coursework component completes the course.

Future opportunities

Progression. English is an excellent choice for further study in any of the humanities areas. Contrary to popular belief teaching is not the main occupation of English graduates. Many go into research and consultancy, publishing, the creative industries and public services to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year