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English Literature A level at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Are you a keen reader? Your ability to read widely and independently is essential for this course as it involves studying a variety of set texts from different time periods.  If you choose to complete a one-year program (AS), you will study four texts; the two year course involves studying ten - texts that range from Shakespeare to the modern day. Studying literature gives us the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues, many of which are still being debated.  Texts will be analysed closely, and by the end of the course, your own written and communication skills will have been refined.  For coursework you can choose your own texts to study and focus on a theme you may have found interesting before, enhancing your understanding of it.  If you are passionate about reading and discussing your ideas both verbally and on paper, are able to work independently and meet deadlines, English literature is the course for you.

Course content

AS 1 Year Course

Unit 1 – Literary Genres: Aspects of Comedy in Drama:  1 Shakespeare play & 1 further drama text

 ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde.

 Unit 2 – Literary Genres: Aspects of Comedy in Prose and Poetry: 1 prose text and 1 poetry text (anthology) 

‘Wise Children’ by Angela Carter

 AQA English Poetry Anthology

A level ( 2 Year Course)

Unit 1 – Literary Genres: 1 Shakespeare play; 1 further pre-1900 drama text & 1 other text 

‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare 

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde 

AQA English Poetry Anthology

 Unit 2 – Texts and Genres: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing: 1 post-2000 prose text; 1 poetry text & 1 pre-1900 text

 ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini

‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen 

‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ by William Blake 

 Unit 3 – Theory and Independence: Analysis of 1 prose text & 1 poetry in conjuction with AQA’s ‘Critical Anthology’

Students choose their own texts to study for this coursework unit.

Entry requirements


Interview and Assessment


Full level 2


A minimum of 5 GCSE's achieved at grade 4 (C) or above to include English/English Language and Maths.  A grade 6 (B) in English Literature is preferred at GCSE but grade 5 (high C) may be considered.

Offers are subject to a satisfactory School Report. 


AS Unit 1 - 1 hour 30 minute exam; closed book; 50 marks; 50% of AS Level

AS Unit 2 - 1 hour 30 minute exam; open book; 50 marks; 50% of AS Level 

A Level Unit 1 - 2 hours 30 minutes exam; closed book; 75 marks; 40% of A Level.

A Level Unit 2 - 3 hours; open book; 75 marks 40% of A Level

A Level Unit 3 - Coursework; moderated by teachers and AQA; 50 marks; 20% of A Level 

Future opportunities

Career and further Study opportunities
A level English and Literature are highly valued by employers and Higher Education admissions’ tutors. Good reading, writing and oral communication skills are essential for whatever career path you wish to choose, as well as being personally enriching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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