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English Literature AS/A2 Level at The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School

Course description

Studying English Literature allows students to reflect on social, emotional and philosophical ideas found within the imaginary world of texts and the real world in which they live. Critically analysing literary texts allows students to explore the way stories are told and how different realities are constructed as well as gaining an understanding of the influence texts can have on individuals and society.

The course will give students the tools to analyse a variety of text from a variety of genres and time periods and will enable them to look in detail at the way texts reproduce cultural meanings. They will look at how texts can be subjected to different types of critical approach, yielding different and potentially challenging interpretations.

The study of English Literature should enhance performance in other subjects which involve analysing and exploring ideas, creative thinking and essay writing.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

B grades or above for English and English Literature. All students must show a determination to work hard and a passion for reading if they are to be considered for this course.


AS level Year 12 60% Examination 40% Coursework 

Aspects of Narrative - four texts (two novels (at least one post 1990) and two poetry texts (1800-1945) will be studied

Dramatic Genres - two texts in the genre of Comedy will be studied 

A2 level Year 13 60% Examination 40% Coursework 

Texts and Genres - Minimum three texts for study including at least one text 1300-1800 Candidates choose one topic area for study: Elements of the Gothic, or Elements of the Pastoral. 

Further and Independent Reading - Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: comparative study of an aspect of two texts (1500-2000 words); an application of an aspect of pre-released critical anthology to a literary text (1200-1500 words).

Future opportunities

The English Literature A level is an excellent foundation for further study, is highly regarded by universities and is instrumental in helping students gain places on many different courses. It builds excellent skills for careers in many different fields.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishops' Blue Coat CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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