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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Huish Episcopi Science College

Course description

The main reason that you should study this course is because you have a love of literature. You will read widely and be expected to engage personally with the texts. You will develop your ability to offer informed, critical responses.

Course content

You will study one modern novel post 1990 (The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini) and one pre 1990 novel (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen) as well as two collections of poetry (Robert Browning and Thomas Hardy) from different poets for an examination. You will also study two plays, one of which must be written by Shakespeare (Macbeth) and one is a more contemporary play (A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams), you will write two pieces of coursework, one on each play.

You will study three texts taken from one of the following categories: Elements of the Gothic and Elements of the Pastoral (Tess of the Durbervilles by Thomas Hardy; She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter), for an examination. You will then produce two pieces of coursework on your wider reading which will be more independent study. 60% of your marks will be awarded for two examination papers. 40% of your marks will be awarded for two pieces of coursework.

Entry requirements

Normally, you will be expected to have GCSE English Language or Literature at Grade B or higher. However, it might be possible to take this course if you have GCSE Language or Literature at Grade C.


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Future opportunities

GCSE Literature could be studied for its own sake. It will provide you with some understanding of the history of English literature, an opportunity to read widely and also to analyse and interpret texts at a deeper level. The critical skills you develop, and the ability to write fluently, are both valued by university admissions officers. A literature degree will help you to follow a career in journalism, publishing, broadcasting and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Huish Episcopi Science College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

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