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AS Level: English Literature at Ashby School

Course description

The English literature course aims to encourage learners to develop their 
interest in and enjoyment of literature. Students will engage critically and 
creatively with a substantial and exciting body of texts which includes 
plays, poetry and prose by influential writers such as Ibsen, Shakespeare, 
Wilde and Chaucer. Students are required to study a minimum of eight 
texts on this course so a passion for reading is a must! Learners will 
develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and 
evaluation in writing and explore the contexts of the texts they are reading 
in order to better understand the intentions of the authors. As well as 
studying texts for exams, students will have the opportunity to produce 
their own creative or analytical coursework based on texts of their choice. 
Component 1: Shakespeare & Drama and poetry pre-1900 (Exam) 
Component 2: Close reading in chosen topic area & Comparative and 
contextual study (Exam) 
Component 3: Critical/recreative writing piece with commentary & 
Comparative essay (C/W) 

Entry requirements

For all Sixth Form courses, students must have five or more GCSE (or equivalent) 
passes at Grades A* - C, including mathematics and English language. 
Students must have a grade C or above in GCSE English language and a B or above in English literature. 

Future opportunities

Both English courses are highly valued A levels opening doors into a whole range of careers such as publishing, journalism, the law, teaching, the arts and media in general.Students can take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English literature. This could lead to higher education in English-related studies or more general higher education courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year