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English Literature AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

Course description

'English Literature at A Level allows you to explore the creativity of writing in a more detailed way, increasing your own awareness of literature.' If you are someone who enjoys reading, has ideas and likes to argue a case with passion, or if you are someone who could develop these skills, then English is the subject for you. At its best, the study of English Literature will be a richly rewarding experience. If you enjoy reading a wide range of texts from different periods, enjoy analysing and discussing your own and other people's interpretation of texts, are able to produce informed and independent opinions and can articulate and write fluently - this course is for you.

Course content

You will have the opportunity to study a varied range of novels, drama and poetry in detail including twentieth century works as well as learning to appreciate the historical, social and literary value of the selected texts. The course provides you with greater powers of expression, the ability to think logically and to construct a structured and coherent argument. You will take part in group discussions as well as theatre and cinema trips.    

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level.  For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement.  It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.


Assessment for both AS and A Level is by coursework and written examination.

Future opportunities

Career pathsA qualification in English demonstrates to any university or employer an ability to analyse challenging texts at a sophisticated level, make complex judgements and argue a case persuasively. It combines well with all other A Level subjects and is an excellent qualification for a wide range of degree courses such as Theatre or Media Studies, and leads naturally to careers in journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, the media and teaching.

Further information

Quote from our Ofsted Report 2003 ‘Very good teaching that enables students to achieve well’

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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