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English Literature AS/A-Level at The Appleton School

Course description

The OCR English Literature course at The Appleton School is academically challenging and extremely rewarding. English Literature is widely accepted as one of the most reputable and rigorous of all the academic disciplines and for students wishing to study certain areas at top universities it is an essential pre-requisite. You will have the opportunity to study a variety of texts from different genres, including prose, poetry and drama dating from 1300 to the present day. You will read, not just to learn, but to explore human thoughts, feelings, ideas and behaviours, as seen through the imaginations of novelists, poets and playwrights.

Course content


Shakespeare and Poetry Pre-1900: You will study a collection of poems by a pre-1900 poet and one Shakespearian play. You will develop critical literary skills and an understanding of the ways in which writers shape meanings.

Drama and Prose Post-1900: You will study one modern play and one modern prose text. You will be able to demonstrate your appreciation of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on writers and readers.


You will study one Shakespeare play, one other play and one collection of poetry, all pre 1900, from a set list. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a critical study in a genre such as gothic, dystopian or American literature. You will also write a critical, creative or comparative essay using post 1900 texts.


At both AS and A2 levels you will be assessed through examination to demonstrate your depth of knowledge as well as your powers of interpretation and analysis. The examinations are both closed text papers. You will also be assessed on an additional piece of coursework as part of your A2 level.

Future opportunities

  •  Journalism
  •  Publishing
  •  Teaching
  •  Advertising
  •  Legal Professions

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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