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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

This exciting course involves the study and discussion of a range of texts, from contemporary writing back to the birth of the Golden Age of English Literature, with a plays, poetry and novels from different periods discussed and compared. As well as giving you the opportunity to analyse texts and develop independent judgements of them, the course involves: theatre trips; opportunities to engage in wider reading; and the development of writing and note-taking skills that will become invaluable at degree level and beyond. We are also developing a programme of visiting outside speakers.
Within lessons, two teachers will guide you through a combination of didactic learning, group and whole class discussion, and visual learning through the exciting multimedia technology that we have to offer. You will also benefit from regular, diagnostic assessment of note-taking, discussion and presentation work, and essay writing.


Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

We expect all students who wish to join the course to have achieved Grade ‘B’ or above in both English and English Literature GCSEs. Ideally, they will have achieved an ‘A’ grade in at least one of these.


A level English Literature will be examined through two or three written papers, contributing 80% to the overall grade, and coursework undertaken in Year 13, worth 20% of the A level grade.
The stand-alone AS qualification would be assessed on the content that forms Year 12 of the linear course.

Future opportunities

English Literature is regarded by the Russell Group as one of the eight ‘facilitating subjects’ that equip prospective students with skills for the most competitive courses in the best universities.
Because of the breadth of skills involved, students of Literature can look forward to exploring a very wide range of degree and career choices such as Law, Journalism and Publishing, to name but few. Among those awarded degrees in English Literature are Stephen Fry, Danny Boyle and Natasha Kaplinsky.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

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