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English Literature AS/A2 Level at The Bulmershe School

Course description

A level English Literature offers the study of an eclectic balance of familiar texts drawn from our literary heritage and texts that delight readers by being new and stimulating.

Course content

AS Level Modules:

Component 1: Drama. Students study one Shakespearean tragedy or comedy;one other drama text; and, essays and critical commentary related to their selected Shakespeare play.

Component 2: Prose. Students study two prose texts from a chosen theme, including at least one pre-1900 text.

Component 3: Poetry. Students study a selection of poetry from a post-2000 collection .

A Level Modules:

Component 3: Poetry. Students study a selection of poetry from a post-2000 collection (as for AS) andeither a range of poetry from a literary period or a range of poetry by a named poet within a literary period.

Component 4: Coursework. Students study a free choice of two texts linked by theme, movement, author or period and produce one extended comparative essay.

Entry requirements

You will need to have gained at least a grade B in GCSE English, enjoy learning about how English works and enjoy reading and responding to both non-fiction and literary texts.


AS Level Component 1 (60%): 2 hours - Poetry and Drama examination, comparing a named poem with one of your own choice from the studied collection, and one question (from a choice of two)on the studied drama text . Component 2 (40%): 1 hour Prose examination of one essay from a choice of two on the studied prose texts . A Level: Paper 1 Drama - 2hours 15mins (30%) Paper 2 Prose - 1 hour (20%) Paper 3 Poetry - 2 hours 15 minutes (30%) Coursework (20%).

Future opportunities

You can apply to do a degree in a wide range of subjects, such as English, journalism, media and communication studies or law. You can also apply for a job with training in the public and voluntary sectors. By studying literature you will become expert at reading and responding to a wide variety of texts; at interpreting, analysing and gathering and assessing evidence; and at working independently and creatively.

In the real world, including the world of work, we are bombarded with texts; the skills that you will learn, therefore, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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