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AS/A2 English Literature at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

Core Content:


3.1 Love through the ages


3.2 Texts in shared contexts


3.3 Independent critical study: Texts across time



Course content

You will learn in a variety of ways. Some of the lessons are taught, some involve class and group discussion. You will need to do research and wider reading to help with your studies.

The coursework elements allow the course to be quite personalised. You will need to do independent work and research for this.

English Literature classes are full of discussion, talk  and reflection, and are dynamic and interactive for a subject that demands written outcomes for assessment.


Entry requirements

Grade B pass in English at GCSE


Paper 1: Love through the ages:

Study of three texts: One poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900 and one Shakespeare play. The exam will include two unseen poems.


· Written exam: 3 hours

· Open book in Section C only

· 75 Marks

· 40% of A –Level


Section A:Shakespeare: One passage-based question with linked essay(25 marks)

Section B: Unseen poetry: Compulsory essay question on two unseen poems(25 marks)

Section C: Comparing tests: One essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts

Choice of two options: 

a) Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

b) Option 2B: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama (of which one must be written post-2000)

The exam will include an unseen extract.


· Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

· Open book

· 75 marks

· 40% of A-Level


Section A: Set tasks. One essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section B: Contextual linking

· One compulsory question on an unseen extract(25 marks)

· One essay question linking two texts(25 marks)


Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across time:

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.

One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography


· 50 marks

· 20% of A-Level

· Assessed by teachers

· Moderated by AQA


Future opportunities

English Literature is a  fascinating course and many of our students go on to study English Literature at degree level. 


It is a long established route into degrees such as Law.

English Literature will demonstrate that you have excellent written communication skills.


Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mark Stevens
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782615636
    • Email address: