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English Literature AS A2 at Kingsthorpe College

Course description

This subject aims to encourage a passion for literature. It aims to develop informed, independent readers and critics of literary texts through the study of a variety of texts produced in a range of genres and historical periods.

At AS students will explore the ways in which writers of drama, poetry, novels and non-fiction texts present aspects of World War One. At A2 the course will focus on how the theme of Love is presented in Literature from the earliest of writings up to the modern day.

Course content

Students will learn how to come to an understanding of how meaning is created through close study of identified texts. They will also develop a broad understanding of the literary canon through their own private reading.

Entry requirements

If you are enthusiastic about reading and well motivated, English could be for you.

We ask for a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above, including English and English Literature as well as an ability to read and discuss texts, exploring different perspectives.


AS: Coursework - Creative Study (40% of AS; 20% of A' Level):

Two tasks: one on a prose text (creative transformational writing) and one comparing two drama texts of the period.

A2 Coursework - Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (20%)

Students will complete an extended comparative essay focusing on the links between a Shakespeare text and a novel of their own choosing.

AS Examination: Texts in Context (60% of AS; 30% of A' Level)

Students will sit one examination of 2 hours duration. This will focus on:

a) Responding to unseen non-fiction texts and referring to their wider reading from poetry, prose and drama on the literature of World War One

b) Analysing language, form and structure of poems from a set anthology.

A2 Examination: Reading for Meaning (30%)

Students will complete a 2 hour examination in which they are expected to analyse unseen extracts from all three genres and their wider reading on the theme of Love Through the Ages.

Further information

Please contact Mrs. N. Ayres Director of the English Faculty

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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