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English Literature A Level at Ivybridge Community College

Course description

If you enjoy reading and talking about books, it is very likely that you will enjoy English Literature! You will be able to study a wide range of plays, poetry and prose, and will develop a strong knowledge of their contexts and their critical reception. You will gain an awareness of the way texts have affected different audiences and develop your own critical awareness as well as your creative skills.


The AS English Literature course is a one year course and counts as the first half of an A Level. The AS Level consists of 2 modules, with one assessed through coursework and one assessed through examination.

In the second year, you will study 2 further units. You will again be assessed by both coursework and exam, with the opportunity of free choice of texts for your coursework. The skills and attributes needed to succeed in this course include a willingness to share your opinions about texts, strong written communication skills and, above all, a love of literature.

What will you study?

You will study drama, prose and poetry from as early as 1300, right up to the modern day. Much of the course is comprised of modern literature and there is opportunity to study the texts that most interest you. You will learn how to approach an unfamiliar text (unseen analysis), and how to make comparisons between texts.

You will also study criticism of various texts with a view to writing your own creative critical response. At AS and A2 Level there are opportunities for visits and trips to enhance your studies; currently these include conferences and theatre visits to London as well as several trips more locally.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for an Advanced Subsidiary Course, which leads to a full Advanced Level, students will be expected to have gained an absolute minimum of five GCSE grades at C or above in Mathematics and English, with a minimum of B grades in their chosen subjects having been studied at a higher tier. Students achieving a C grade at GCSE in their chosen subject may be accepted only by negotiation and agreement with the Team Leader for that subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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