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English Literature A Level at Raine's Foundation School

Course description

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Have an interest in reading a wide variety of literature from past to present
  • Enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments on texts
  • Enjoy studying a subject which is relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • Want to keep their options open for further study – English Literature is a popular qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education or for future careers

What will I study?


The AS course is made up of two units:

UNIT 1: Texts in Context

Students will study one set poetry text plus wider reading on the theme of ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’. This will be assessed by a 2 hour examination.

UNIT 2: Creative Study

For this unit you will produce a coursework folder consisting of two pieces of writing (2,000 – 2,500 words in total). Students select one prose text and one drama text on the theme of ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’. The first piece will be a personal informed response to the chosen prose text, either a creative interpretation or creative transformational writing. The second piece will be a comparative piece of writing on the chosen drama text, focusing on the text in context and aspects such as theme, structure and characterisation.


At A level there are a further two units:

UNIT 3: Reading for Meaning

Students will read at least the equivalent of three texts on the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’, including: Reading in the literature of love including the three genres of prose, poetry and drama. Literature written by both men and women. Literature through time (from Chaucer to the present day). Some non-fiction texts. The exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes and will comprise of four unseen extracts for close study, comparison and critical commentary.

UNIT 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study

Students will produce an extended essay (3,000 words). This essay will compare three texts with a shared theme, none of which will have been studied at AS and one of which will be a Shakespeare play.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade A* - C
  • Students need to have at least two Bs in GCSE English and English Literature


Future opportunities



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raine's Foundation School directly.

Last updated date: 25 March 2015
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Key information

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