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English Literature A Level at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

English Literature focuses on analysing poetry, novels and plays. At AS, you will study Othello and a range of pre-1900 poetry, alongside two novels: The Great Gatsby and The Mill on the Floss.

For the second year, you will build on your AS texts by studying modern poetry, prose and drama, as well as completing an extended piece of coursework based on The Mill on the Floss and a partner text of your choice.

Course content

The AS course

The two AS exams are on Shakespeare and Poetry (Paper 1), and Prose (Paper 2). For Paper 1, you will study Othello and a collection of pre-1900 poetry, for a closed book exam worth 50% of the AS. This paper has essay questions on each text. For Paper 2, you will study two novels, The Great Gatsby and The Mill on the Floss for an open book exam, which is also worth 50%. Paper 2 will have a comparative essay question on the novels you have studied as well as a question on an unseen extract.

The A-level course

This builds on the work you have done at AS; the texts are used again here, and are enhanced by more advanced analysis and exploration of critical views. Othello, The Great Gatsby and the poetry will be assessed again for the first A-level exam. The Mill on the Floss will become a coursework text, which you can pair with a text of your choice for an independent extended essay. You will also study modern poetry, prose and drama in your second year, which will be assessed in the second A-level exam.

Entry requirements

At least C grades in GCSE English or English Language & English Literature.


Awarding Body – AQA

AS: two exams

A-level: two exams and a coursework essay (worth 20% of the A-level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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