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English Literature AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

From Shakespeare plays to contemporary novels of the last decade, you will explore English Literature from a range of cultures and make connections between them. You will look at fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry and investigate the cultural and historical influences on readers and writers.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • exploring the use of literary and dramatic devices and shaping of meanings in your chosen plays
  • studying aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts
  • developing depth of knowledge about poetic style, by studying poetry from within a literary period or movement

On the course, you will:

  • study a tragedy or comedy drama by Shakespeare and another tragedy or comedy drama
  • incorporate the links and connections between thematically linked prose, and the contexts in which they were written and received
  • apply your knowledge of poetic form, content and meaning in your response to an unseen poem written within your lifetime
  • extend your understanding of the concerns and choices of modern-day poets

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-6).


Coursework is an important component of this subject and accounts for 20% of the marks. It will enable you to build on your independent study skills. You will carry out independent research and study to inform critical and comparative writing. You will sit two written examinations at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

The writing and analytical skills you gain in English Literature will help you in any area of higher education, as well as in many careers such as Journalism, the Media, Education, Law and Business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.