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English Literature GCE AS Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to develop interest and enjoyment in the great writings of English Literature from a wide range of historical periods. You will read plays, poetry and novels, old and new, looking at how styles vary and interpretations change through time. You should do this subject if you love reading, enjoy discussion and debate, and care about social, political and moral issues which affect everyone.

Course content

AS Level (year one)

Unit One: Poetry and Drama 1 In this unit you will study two poetry texts (post-1900) and one drama text (post-1990). For the poetry you will study Philip Larkin and Dannie Abse. The play is “Oleanna” by David Mamet. There is a 2½ hour open book exam.

Unit Two: Prose Study and Creative Reading You will produce a coursework folder containing three pieces of work. The first piece will be a 1500 word essay based on two novels by authors such as E.M. Forster and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The second part of the coursework involves producing a personal creative writing response to wider reading of prose. You will also write a commentary on your creative piece.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a grade C in GCSE English Language.


In addition to examinations, 40% of both AS and A2is made up of coursework.

Further information

• English Literature goes very well with most other subjects – it complements all arts, humanities and sciences, especially at AS Level where you should choose a broader base.

• It is an extremely versatile subject which could take you just about anywhere, although a lot of English graduates veer towards teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising and the arts.

• Exam results are above the national average.

• There are lots of trips – not only to the theatre, but also cultural trips abroad.

• There is a good record of helping students get to Oxbridge.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year