Accessibility links

English Literature A level at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Course description

This course is for students who have achieved at least a Grade C in WJEC GCSE English or a Grade C in WJEC GCSE English Language and Literature, and who enjoy reading and discussing novels, drama and poetry. Preference will be given to those students who have achieved a Grade B or above in GCSE English and a Grade B or above in GCSE English Literature. Students who studied GCSE Film Studies instead of GCSE English Literature are welcome to join the course, if they have achieved at least a C in GCSE English and a C in GCSE Film Studies.

Course content

AS Unit 1 – Aspects of narrative
Written exam: 2 hours 60% of AS mark, 30% A2 mark (open book)
4 texts for study: 2 x novels post 1990 – Birdsong and The Great Gatsby
2 x poetry 1800 – 1945 – Poems by Christina Rossetti and Robert Browning 2 questions to be answered

Unit 2 – Dramatic Genres
Coursework: 40% of AS mark
20% of A2 mark
2 texts within dramatic genre of comedy (at least one Shakespeare play)


Unit 3 – Texts and genres
Written exam: 2 hours (Closed book)
2 texts to be studied on elements on elements of Gothic Literature

Unit 4 –
Further and independent reading Coursework 4 texts for study including anthology of critical material

Future opportunities

You’ll be able to read texts which are more adventurous and challenging than those you studied at GCSE. The lessons are delivered as a mixture of lecture-style lessons, group discussions and presentations, and you will be encouraged to express your opinions of the texts. English literature also helps to develop your analytical, persuasive and imaginative skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Thomas Wharton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

Key information