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English Literature AS/A2 Level at The Basildon Academies Sixth Form

Course description

The overall aim of this course is to provide an understanding
of how we communicate effectively through spoken and written texts.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range
of transferable skills. Students will develop their independence in
analysing and commenting on texts. Students will be able to develop
both their analytical and creative skills. Students will study major
literary genres, including fiction, drama and poetry.

Course content

AS level students take:

Unit 1 – F661 - Poetry and Prose 1800–1945
This is an externally-assessed written paper testing students’
knowledge and understanding of two set texts. It represents 60%
of the marks for AS (30% of A Level).
Students will study a novel and a collection of poetry.
In the examination students will have to complete two essays, one on each set text.

Unit 2 – F662 – Literature Post 1900
Two-part coursework assignment on chosen pair of texts:
- a piece of creative writing, demonstrating understanding of texts as a whole.
- a comparative essay discussing two texts, one of which will be written post 1990.


At A2 level students take:

Unit 3 – F663 - Drama and Poetry pre-1800
This is an externally-assessed written paper testing students’ knowledge and
understanding of two set texts. Students will study two plays and a collection of poetry.

Unit 4 – F664 – Texts in Time
This is a coursework assignment. The students will write a 3,000 word essay about three texts. This is a comparative essay. The students will choose two of the texts.

Entry requirements

English GCSE Grade B


Unit 1 - 2 hour written examination ( 60% AS, 30% A2)

Unit 2 - Coursework (40%, 20%)

Unit 3 - 2 hour written examination (30%)

Unit 4 - Coursework (20%)

Future opportunities

English Literature combines well with almost all other humanities
AS and A Level subjects such as History, Geography and Religious
Studies. It can lead to a variety of university courses and careers
such as philosophy, teaching and media studies. It is well regarded
by universities and employers as a traditional and academic subject.

 It is highly recommended for those wishing to pursue a career in law,
 journalism, public relations, communication and marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Basildon Academies Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

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