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AS/A2 English Literature at St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

  • The skills required to produce a formal essay writing style.
  • The ability to analyse different genres and their individual characteristics.
  • The ability to identify and analyse the effect of a range of language methods.
  • The ability to analyse the structural choices made by writers.
  • An appreciation of the differences on a wide range of prose, drama and poetry texts.
  • How to evaluate alternative interpretations and critical perspectives.
  • How to produce cogent and original literary arguments.
  • How to evaluate the influence contextual factors have on texts.

Course content

  • Debate- style arguments
  • Drama performances
  • Shared reading
  • Group presentations
  • Essay writing
  • Mock Exams
  • DVD's
  • Independent research
  • Extensive peer assessment strategies
  • Self-marking policies
  • Excursions to theatre productions
  • Analysis of exemplar essays
  • Analysis of examiner reports
  • Analysis of past papers
  • Shared and modelled planning/essays

Entry requirements

Grade B pass in GCSE English



AS Level:

  • Two coursework essays on the genre of drama and tragedy
  • Aspects of Narrative Exam on four texts (two novels and two poetry collections)

AS Level:

  • Two Independent Coursework essays:
  1. Literary Critical Theory Linked piece
  2. Comparative piece
  • Gothic Genres exam on three texts (two novels and one play)

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

This course is perfect preparation for and route to a degree in English Literature. It is also a useful platform for degrees in Journalism, Creative Writing and Humanties courses.

Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 27 March 2015

Key information

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

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Liz Todd (Trinity Progress Manager)
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882936
    • Email address: