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English Literature (A) - AS/A2 (Level 3) at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

The course will enable students to:

  • Develop an interest and enjoyment in literature by reading widely
  • Gain an understanding of the traditions of English Literature
  • Communicate a response to a wide variety of texts and respond to texts of different types and periods, using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent expression
  • Make informed opinions and judgements on literary texts
  • Gain an understanding of cultural, historical and other influences on texts

Course content

Aspects of Narrative

There are four texts for study: two novels (at least one will be post 1990), and two poetry texts 1800 – 1945. The paper has two sections. Students will answer one question from each section.

Dramatic Genres

Students will produce a portfolio of two pieces of written coursework based on two texts within the dramatic genre of Comedy. Each piece will be 1200 – 1500 words.

Texts and Genres

There is a minimum of three texts for study (at least one from 1300-1800) relating to the study of a literary movement (‘The Gothic’, currently includingWuthering Heights, Doctor Faustus and Frankenstein).

Further and Independent Reading

Students will produce a portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: one comparative study of 1500-2000 words, texts - usually novels - to be negotiated with teacher; one analytic essay of 1200 - 1500 words based on an anthology of critical readings.


Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE.


Following A Level reforms in this subject from 2015, all exams will need to be taken at the end of the course. AS grades do not contribute to the A Level grade.



Future opportunities

The skills you acquire will not only enhance your ability to deal with aspects of your other A Level subjects, it will furnish you will the tools to succeed in many future courses and professions such as teaching, media and the Law.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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