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English Literature - AS/A2 Level at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

If you like English, especially reading, and have opinions about what you read or watch on television and like to express them, studying English Literature at A-Level is well worth considering.

Course content

The course involves the study of novels, plays and poetry from the 20th and other centuries. At least one Shakespeare play is studied, plus other set books. You will be expected to participate in group discussions, deliver presentations and write essays and commentaries throughout the course. Theatre visits to attend productions of set plays will be organised when possible, as will lecture days on set texts.


Entry requirements

Ideally a grade 5 or above in English and/or English Literature at GCSE is required. You need to be able to write fluently and accurately.


AS Level

  • Aspects of Tragedy
  1. 1 Shakespeare & 1 other drama text - Exam (1 hour 30 mins)
  2. 1 20th century prose text & 1 19th century poetry text - Exam (1 hour & 30 mins)


A Level

  • Texts and genres:

Elements of Crime Writing

  • Exam (3hrs)

Future opportunities

A-level English Literature is one of the most highly respected academic disciplines and works well in many combinations of subjects. As well as broadening your mind, developing your critical faculties, and making you a more effective communicator, it can open the door to a wide variety of courses at University level.

Further information

There are no costs.

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: 04 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS - one year A2 - two years