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English Literature AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

This course involves studying a variety of literature from a range of genre and historical periods. These texts will be analysed on a thematic and linguistic level whilst also demonstrating an awareness of historical content. The course will run across the two years of Year 12 and Year13, with both exams taking place at the end of the A level course in Year 13.

Course content

Year 12: 

Written Paper: Aspects of tragedy OR Aspects of Comedy (2 hour 30 minutes closed book exam - 40% of A Level)

  • Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

NEA (Coursework - 20% of A Level)

  • Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.
  • Two essays of 1250–1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology.
  • One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Year 13 Study

Continue with NEA

Written Paper: Elements of crime writing OR Elements of political and social protest writing (3 hour exam - 40% of A Level)

  • Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). At least a grade B in English Language.

A grade A or above in English Literature.

Future opportunities

English Literature A Level provides a useful foundation for degree courses in a wide variety of subjects. Various careers are available to students of this subject, including journalism, law and publishing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years