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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Nicholas Hamond Academy

Course description


Arnold Wesker described words as 'a bridge to another land'. Literature is about using words in creative ways to communicate ideas and feelings.

In literature classes you will be discussing these ideas and feelings in an open and mature manner, and in so doing you begin to understand not only the text, but yourself.


At A Level you have the time to really explore texts instead of racing through them as is necessary at GCSE. You are also with other like-minded students, people who have chosen to do the subject because they enjoy it, which makes the level of debate more intense.


Course content


AS Level

Texts in Context (Exam) 60%

• One set poetry text plus wider reading in a selected area of study

• Candidates answer two questions: one on wider reading, one on a poetry text

Creative Study (Coursework) 40%

• One prose text and one drama text. Two tasks - 2000 to 2500 words in total

• A personally informed response to prose and a piece on the drama text.


A2 Level

Reading for Meaning (Exam) 60%

• Candidates must answer a question on the theme 'Love through the Ages'

• Unprepared extracts will be connected to candidates' wider reading

Comparative Essay (Coursework) 40%

• An extended essay comparing two texts and a Shakespeare play of the candidate's choice - 3000 words

Entry requirements


Minimum of a grade C at GCSE English, English Language or English Literature.



60% Examination and 40% Coursework.

Future opportunities


English Literature is a core subject that combines well with many other subjects. Literature is also a serious academic subject that appeals to universities since it is evidence of both a high level of communication, literacy and the ability to think analytically.

Possible careers include: Teacher, Author, Publisher, Librarian, Lawyer, Journalist and Media related professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Hamond Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

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