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English Literature A Level at Leyton Sixth Form College

Course description

The AS course explores English Literature through the genre focus of Tragedy, allowing students to compare the ways in which a range of writers’ work can be analysed in these terms. Aristotelian definitions of Tragedy will be the starting point, before tracing the way that this genre has evolved and changed over time. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills of interpretation and argument, analysing the way meaning is influenced by language, form and structure, in addition to considering how cultural context can support different readings of literature.

Students choosing to continue the subject through to the full A Level will explore further ways of reading literature, including feminist, Marxist and post-colonial perspectives. They will also demonstrate their independent reading through a coursework assignment and consider the way in which social protest has inspired writers over time.

Course content


Component 1: Literary Genres: Drama
Shakespeare’s Othello
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Component 2: Literary Genres: Prose & Poetry
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Selected poetry of John Keats

Entry requirements


C/5  – English Language,

C/5  – English Literature


Exam board: AQA

The entire AS qualification is assessed through two examinations.

Future opportunities

Students studying AS and A Level English Literature do so in order to serve a variety of academic and career directions. Many choose it in order to study an English degree at university, with a view to accessing careers in journalism, teaching or any occupation that requires strong skills of analysis and communication. Other students take English Literature because it is highly respected by universities and therefore works well alongside subject combinations for highly competitive courses, such as medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leyton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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