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English Literature AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description


If you enjoy reading and think reading is important, it is worth considering Advanced Level Literature. An interest in what writers think about people, their relationships and their response to life is one of the basic reasons for studying Literature. A further reason is the satisfaction which derives from understanding how a text is put together; how meaning is created. When you have read widely, it is enriching to compare different writers' visions of life, and to understand how these views relate to their particular society.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level

There is a choice of three areas of study for modules 1 & 2. The texts for both units 1 and 2 then come from this chosen area of study

      • Victorian Literature
      • World War 1 literature
      • The Struggle for Identity in Modern Languages

Unit 1: (Examination) - Poetry and extract work with some wider reading

Unit 2: (Coursework) - Novel and Drama. The response to the novel can be a creative response, for example, write an alternative ending.

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language



Unit 1: Examination

Unit 2: Coursework

Future opportunities


Since Advanced Level Literature is about history, language, people and artistic methods, it combines well with all Arts and Humanity courses, for example, History, any Language course, Art, Music, Drama, Psychology. If you want to study a Science and Advanced Level English Literature, you will be interested to know that this has been done successfully and with increased frequency in recent years.

Further information


Students will need a grade B or above in English Literature at GCSE.

(1) A commitment to reading - reading has been called 'the act of attention to a text', and this is at the centre of the course. Above all, this demands an interest in looking at how writing creates meanings. (2) A willingness to discuss in lessons - sorting out your ideas with a partner; arguing from different perspectives on a text; working in a group to present ideas about one aspect of a poem. (3) A willingness to write - your ideas find shape and expression in regular, focused written tasks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year