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English Literature AS/A2 at The Brakenhale Academy

Course description

Students who decide to study English Literature at AS/A level will develop an interest in, and enjoyment of, reading and discussing literary texts. They will develop the knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary texts and the skills of literary analysis.
English Literature combines well with many other subjects including History, Classics and Modern Foreign Languages. The English Literature qualification is welcomed for many different careers because it emphasises creativity, disciplined thought and communication, plus an ability to synthesise and contextualise ideas.
What will I study?
There is a wide choice of texts including: a Shakespeare play, Drama and Poetry pre 1900, Literature post 1900. There are also optional units which include American Literature 1880-1940, The Gothic, Dystopian Literature and Women in Literature. In addition there is an Independent Study unit (coursework) in which the student chooses three related texts from the genres of prose, poetry and drama.
How will I be Assessed?
AS is assessed by two examined components; A Level is assessed by two examined components AND one coursework component.
What does it lead to?
AS and A2 English Literature open doors to a range of career opportunities, including journalism and the media. However, they are commonly used as a means of entry into Higher Education, to study English, either as a single subject or in combination with other subjects. English might be combined with, for example, media studies, law, politics, philosophy or modern languages.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a minimum B grade in GCSE English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brakenhale Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015

Key information

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