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ENGLISH LITERATURE - AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS & A2 English Literature are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:

• You get to know major works of literature (novels, poems and plays) that have influenced our culture and are part of the general knowledge of well-educated adults. This includes developing a general knowledge of European history and social issues as you set the works in context.

• You learn to write critical and analytical essays that include overview as well as reference to precise detail – the kind of thinking needed for effective managerial work. • You develop social skills through discussion of literature and find that, not only is reading a pleasure, but the pleasure of reading increases when thoughts, opinions and personal theories are shared with like-minded, cultured and intelligent friends.

A2 Level: • You continue to develop AS skills, but you get choice over the texts you study and more independence to research critical perspectives.

Entry requirements

As well as the standard Crypt Sixth form entry requirements, a minimum of a B grade at GCSE English Literature is required


AS Level:

• One coursework task exploring comedy in a Shakespeare play (20%)

• One coursework task exploring comedy in a modern play (20%)  One of these can be creative, writing in the style of the playwright.

• One exam (2 hours) with two essay questions (60%):  Explore how the story is told in two novels and two collections of poetry, with the texts to refer to in the exam.

A2 Level: • One coursework task comparing two texts (20%) •

One coursework task exploring one text, referring to a set anthology of criticism (20%)

• One exam (2 hours) with two essay questions (60%):  Explore the Gothic genre in three set texts.

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Future opportunities

• You get credibility on your CV by having a qualification that is traditional and well-understood by employers and universities.

• You get analytical skills that are valuable in any job that requires criticising the effectiveness of something, especially if this involves writing reports; i.e. any managerial role.

• You get deeper access to an interest for life that can both personal and social and a training in exploring how others think, accelerating your experience of life by seeing it through other people’s eyes.

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Who should apply for the course?

• People who read books for pleasure

• People who are prepared to think outside their own lives

• People who have an interest in culture, history and getting “quality” experiences

• People who can write essays to deadlines

• People who have strong opinions and like to talk about them

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses