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English Literature AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

An AS level specification runs alongside the A level. In Year 12, the exams will test the students’ ability to write about Aspects of Tragedy, where one compulsory Shakespeare play, one further drama text, one prose text and a collection of poetry will be studied. In Year 13 there are a further two modules. Firstly, a range of texts from different eras will be studied in preparation for a three part exam on the genre of Political Writing. Students will be tested on their ability to analyse unseen material as well as writing about set texts. The final module, allows students to independently explore texts that interest them by producing either two essays (one on poetry, the other on prose) or by choosing to complete one creative response in response to a critical theory anthology. This component is a non-exam assessment, which was previously known as coursework.

Course content

The course will develop your essay writing skills and your ability to work with others in a variety of ways. Presentation and research skills will become refined, as well as your ability to develop and defend reasoned arguments in discussion. These skills will increase your confidence.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Literature at grade 5 or above.

Future opportunities

Careers in such fields as business, media, law, theatre and teaching the study of literature. However, knowing more about language and literature whilst improving your written and verbal skills, can only make you work more effectively in any course or career you wish to follow

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years