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English Literature A level at The Thomas Aveling School

Course description

This course involves the study of a range of literature, with a focus on interesting modern novels, poetry and drama and a balance of pre-20th century texts for comparison and study.  The emphasis is on developing critical reading and the skills of analysis and comparison. The English Department makes a wide range of study and revision resources available via a special collection of books in the school library. In addition to timetabled lessons the English department arranges visiting speakers, revision sessions and theatre trips.  Wider personal reading is encouraged and students are involved in “book group” discussions. Students have the opportunity to record their own responses to books and share their own creative writing in student reading groups. Those who read widely and can engage with a range of texts will do well in this subject.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) passes at grade A*- C, including English Language and Literature. All students must enjoy reading and discussing their own ideas.


AS year

  • A study of a Shakespeare play and one other drama text that focuses on the genre of either tragedy or comedy.
  • A study of a poetry text and prose text that focuses on the genre of either tragedy or comedy.
  • 100% Exam.

A2 year (In addition to AS Units)

  • A study of a range of literature from either the genre of crime writing or political writing.
  • Controlled Assessment - two mini essays that apply the critical anthology to a selection of poetry and a prose text.
  • 80% Exam and 20% Controlled Assessment.

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Future opportunities

A level English Literature is widely regarded as a valuable course in critical thinking.  It is viewed by higher education institutions and employers as providing a training at this level equal to Science and Mathematics in problem-solving and clear expression of ideas.  As such it offers a gateway to careers in law, journalism and broadcasting, general management etc.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Aveling School directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September