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English Literature AS level at Beechwood School

Course description

This specification is suitable for a considerable range of students and it offers teachers and students a great deal of choice. It definitely encourages students to develop their interest in English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently. Texts in the three main forms, prose, poetry and drama, range across centuries, genre and gender. Students are encouraged to become informed, independent readers of literary texts and gain an understanding of a variety of views about texts and how to read them.

Course content

Paper 1: Love through the ages

Shakespeare and poetry

Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA Anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900)


  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Closed book
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS level

Paper 2: Love through the ages: prose

Study of two prose texts. Exam will include an unseen prose extract.


  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Open book
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year