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English Literature AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

The story so far is that you’ve done well at GCSE

English and want to take it further. You enjoy reading

and talking about what you read, you like watching

plays in performance and you enjoy discussing your

responses to the books you have read.


English Literature AS and A2 level will challenge

and expand your appreciation of poetry, prose and

drama. You will learn how to respond critically and

creatively; exploring contrasts, comparisons and

connections between texts as well as forming an

argument and presenting your own views.

Course content

In your AS year you will study for two units:


1. Explorations in Prose and Poetry: Focusing on

the author’s craft in two novels and one collection of

poetry, as well as unseen prose and poetry. This is

examined in a 2 hour 15 minute paper.


2. Explorations in Drama: A coursework module

consisting of a critical essay comparing two texts,

one Shakespeare and one other. The unit also

involves the writing of a brief creative-critical piece,

such as a review of a production.


In your A2 year you will extend your study of

literature by increasing specialism and exploring a

range of critical perspectives. A further two units

will be taken:


1. Interpretations of Prose and Poetry: Focusing

on the study of three texts, including at least one

published after 1990 and both prose and poetry.


2. Reflections in Literary Studies: A coursework

module consisting of one extended piece or two

essay responses to texts, which develop your

critical ideas and independent study skills.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least a grade B in English

Language and English Literature, but a grade A is

highly desirable for those who wish to achieve

grade C or above at A level.


Coursework and exams.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be
 payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

English Literature combines well with subjects like

History, Philosophy, Languages, Economics, and

Classics. It is best-suited to those who already enjoy

reading and exploring texts and is a good basis for

many subjects at degree level. For example, arts

subjects, Law, Drama and American Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

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


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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.