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AS/A2 English Literature at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

To provide a thorough grounding in English from the Renaissance to the 21st century, exploring how texts are constructed and how contextual factors contribute to their interpretation. English Literature enables students to develop their skills of questioning, philosophy, morality, history and culture. The course is of value to all students who enjoy exploring literature and expressing an opinion!

Course Structure:

Students study two units in Year 12 for the AS qualification.

Texts: Twelfth Night; Selected poems of Christina Rossetti; The Bloody Chamber; A Streetcar Named Desire

All assessment in Year 12 is in the form of two examinations, each worth 50% of the AS.

Students study a further two units in Year 13 in order to complete the full A Level qualification.

Texts: Frankenstein; An Ideal Husband; two further texts– one a poem for close analysis and the other (The Great Gatsby) for comparison with A Streetcar Named Desire.

Assessment in Year 13 is by a combination of coursework (2 pieces worth 20%) and two examinations, each worth 40%.  These exams also include re-examination of some texts studied in Year 12 as well as examination of some Year 13 texts.



Entry requirements

B in both GCSE English Language and English Literature

The course is essentially seminar based and students are expected to partake fully in class discussion. They are also expected to undertake wider reading, annotation and the making of preparatory notes outside of lessons. The skills of essay writing and examination technique are developed through essays which are set weekly. Students are also expected to undertake critical reading and research to support their understanding of the historical and social contexts of the texts studied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandringham School directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

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