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English Literature A and AS Level at The Heathland School

Course description

English Literature develops vital analysis skills applicable across a range of careers and university courses. The course provides an opportunity to study a variety of texts in depth, offering the chance to hone skills of analysis and argument. Pupils pursuing this course will enhance their knowledge of a range of texts – including prose, poetry and drama – across the ages, whilst engaging with challenging literary concepts and theory.

Course content


Component 1: Prose

Section A: Prose Fiction pre-1900

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Section B: Prose Fiction post-1900

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Component 2: Poetry and Drama

Section A: Poetry

Meantime by Carol Ann Duffy

Section B: Drama

Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

A Level Course Outline:

The above, plus three components from below:


Component 1

Section A: Poetry Pre 1900

John Keats: Selected Poems

Section B: Poetry Post-1900

Philip Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings

Carol Ann Duffy: Meantime

Component 2

Section A: Shakespeare


Section B: Drama

John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

Component 3

Section A: Unseen Poetry

Section b: Unseen Prose

Component 4

Independent Prose Study

Jane Eyre and one other prose text comparison 2500-3500 words.


Future opportunities

English Literature is a prestigious academic subject that is highly regarded by the top universities. It offers transferable skills such as written and spoken communication, linguistic and analytical skills. These competencies apply to other disciplines and complement most other AS choices. Career opportunities include Journalism, Teaching, Law, Social Work, Media, Marketing, Politics and a whole host of others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

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