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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

You should enjoy reading widely, be prepared to undertake independent research, make notes, join in group discussions and be able to write essays that demonstrate your understanding of texts, as well as your personal response to them. We encourage students to visit the theatre, attend workshops and study days to develop their subject knowledge.

Course content

English Literature There are four modules

1. Texts in context (exam)-you will study one poetry text and read widely on the theme of World War One Literature.

2. Creative Study (coursework) -you will study one novel and one play.

3. Reading for Meaning (exam)-this unit involves an unseen paper on the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’.

4. Shakespeare Study and Extended Essay (coursework)-you write one essay comparing a Shakespeare play with two other texts.

Entry requirements

If you want to study English Literature, you should also have at least grade C in this subject. You should have an open mind to all sorts of texts and be prepared to engage in discussions about them.

You need to have a good standard of English to be able to write clear and coherent essays. If you are taking Literature you need to be prepared to read...a lot!


Both courses are assessed by coursework and examinations in Years 12 and 13.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to further study at university and English is a widely respected academic subject which will provide you with many of the skills you need in Higher Education. There is also a wide variety of careers open to students of English, including journalism, television, radio, advertising, the legal profession and, of course, teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years