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English Literature A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

Students will have a passion for reading in a wide range of genres including novels, short stories and poetry.

They will need to be prepared to work independently and meet tight coursework deadlines. Have an interest in what others, including established critical writers, have to say about literature is essential for those wanting to follow this course.

Course content

What will I study?

The course is designed to enable you to develop your interest and enjoyment in reading and discussing literary texts and your skills in written and verbal analysis. The course gives you the opportunity to study literature across the genres of prose, poetry, film and drama, and to read around concepts central to literary analysis. To get the AS qualification, you’ll need to cover six texts and then another six texts to get the A Level qualification, and it is possible to choose texts that link together or contrast with each other.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a mixture of informal discussion, researchbased activities, film and text analysis – most of which will be done in small groups listening to each other’s ideas and interpretations. The course draws on a number of different authors and playwrights all from different periods in history and from different social and cultural.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and GCSE English Literature grade C.


Both the AS and A2 are assessed through a combination of coursework and exam.

AS Module 1 is an exam and is worth 60% of the final grade.

AS Module 2 is the coursework and is worth 40% of the final grade and involves producing two pieces.

The A2 assessment follows a similar pattern.

Future opportunities

You could continue to study to degree level in areas such as Journalism, Advertising, Multimedia Design, Teaching, Writing, PR, and Marketing. In recent years students have gone on to study English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism and Media Studies at University. Jobs in Journalism, Television, Radio and Teaching are popular destinations for successful students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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