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English Literature AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

The AS/A Level English Literature course is aimed at students who wish to further their interest in the study of literature written in English.

The course is rewarding and requires creative and analytical interpretation.

Students are expected to read a wide range of prose, poetry and drama — including Shakespeare and major texts written before 1900, develop skills in criticism, analysis and discussion, and to make increasingly independent and informed personal responses to their reading.

2015 changes to this course: Closer analysis of a smaller number of texts.

More creative responses (media reporting, critical commentary etc)

Students are expected to take a very active role in their learning. This is a demanding course but with an excellent pass rate – 94% A*-C in 2015.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a Grade C in English.

Wide and varied reading is a critical aspect of this course!


Edexcel Examination Board

AS and A2 Level students will be examined on 2 Units at the end of their Year 12. For A-level students, this will be an interesting measure of progress as they move on to Year 13.

AS Level (One Year)

  • Unit 1: Poetry and Drama 
    60% of AS
    Poetry and A Streetcar named Desire
    1 hour 45 mins
  • Unit 2: Prose texts
    40% of AS
    Wuthering Heights and A Thousuand Splendid Suns
    1 hour

A Level (Full Course)

  • Unit 1:  Drama
    30% of A-level
    Hamlet and A Streetcar named Desire
  • Unit 2: Prose texts
    20% of A-level  
    Wuthering Heights and A Thousuand Splendid Suns
    1 hour
  • Unit 3: Poetry 
    30% of A-level
    A selection of contemporary and canonical poetry.
  • Unit 4: Coursework
    20% of A-Level
    Free choice of texts

Future opportunities

English graduates do things as diverse as working in the legal profession, computing, journalism, accountancy, publishing, TV, music, education, retail, catering and writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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