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A Level English Literature at Ashton Sixth Form College

Course description

In English Literature you will explore some of the most interesting modern and classical fiction, poetry and drama. You’ll also look at not just the ideas expressed in literature but also the craft of writing and the literary techniques writers use to create meaning. The ideal preparation for a degree course in English or a related subject.

Course content

Aspects of Narrative

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the central position of narrative in the ways in which literary texts work. Within this unit you will study The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and the poetry of Robert Frost and Tennyson

Dramatic Genres

The aim of this unit is to introduce you to aspects of the comedy genre. You will study two plays; The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and The History Boys by Alan Bennett.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE grades A*-C

Grade C — GCSE English Language

Grade C — GCSE English Literature


80% Exam

20% Coursework

Future opportunities

English Literature students progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. Last year 83% of students moved on to Higher Education and 13% secured employment or a place on an Apprenticeship. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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