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English Literature A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

The course is designed to offer opportunities to explore English Literature through time, across cultures, genres and genders and to encourage the development of wide and close reading skills and independent judgements.

Course content

The course focuses on studying Shakespeare in relation to critical thinking and another play. The prose study involves exploring two novels on a specific theme. For the poetry you will study an anthology of modern poetry (post 2000) and a named poet or literary period.

There will be a focus on different ways texts can be read, connected and written about with a strong element of independent reading and thinking. Responses to literary texts will take the form of analytical essays.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade, including a grade B in English Literature.


There are three exams and one piece of coursework. The drama exam is openbook (clean copies) focussing on aspects of tragedy, there will be two questions examining aspects of tragedy. The Shakespeare question will require a response in relation to the critical anthology that you will have studied. The second question will focus on an examining a play in relation to contextual factors. The prose exam book is open book (clean copies) in which you will compare and connect the two novels you have studied based on a specific theme, e.g science and society. The poetry exam is open book (clean copies) with two questions. The first question requires comparison of an unseen text with a named poem from Post 2000 anthology of poems. For the second question you will write an essay on a specific poet or literary poet.

There is also a non-exam assessment which you will complete in your second year of study and write an extended comparative essay of between 2500-3000 words.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.

Future opportunities

Go on to study it at a higher level at university.

Use it as a widely recognised entry qualification for a wide range of degree courses.

Use it as a helpful qualification. in careers such as teaching, journalism, publishing and the media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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