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English Literature Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:

  • A genuine interest in reading and bv of literature.
  • The ability to analyse texts, articulate ideas and opinions clearly.
  • The ability to write clear, fluent and focused essays.
  • Enthusiasm and creativity and the enjoyment in discussion of ideas. 

Course content

Syllabus Content: Literary genres

Across the two components, students study poetry, drama and prose texts. Students will be provided with an overview of the study of Literature, exploring different literary forms, genres, concepts and themes. The assessment of AS Literature will be by two externally assessed examinations.

Paper 1: Poetry & Drama

Poetry: Students will prepare for writing about poems by studying an anthology of poems from 2002-2011. This will allow students to respond to and enjoy works by Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and Daljit Nagra, amongst others. This will develop their understanding of poetic form, content and meaning, as well as the ability to make links across texts.

Drama: This unit explores the dramatic genres of Comedy or Tragedy. Students will study one play from either genre, exploring dramatic devices, themes and contextual factors.

Paper 2: Prose

Students will read and study two prose texts, at least one of which will be pre-1900. These two texts will be linked thematically. Possible themes include: Colonisation and its Aftermath; Science and Society; The Supernatural; and Women and Society.


Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 


Paper 1:

  • Written examination. Open book. (2 hours)
  • 605 of AS Level Marks

Paper 2:

  • 2 Written examination. Open book. (1 hour) 
  • 40% of AS Level marks

Future opportunities

 An A Level in English Literature opens a wealth of opportunities:

  • It provides excellent preparation for Higher Education in the Humanities, Arts, Languages, Social Sciences, Law and many other subjects.
  • It provides an excellent foundation for further training in careers such as journalism, marketing, public relations, publishing, the Media, the government. 

Further information

Example Texts:

AS Poetry:

From The Journal of a Dissapointed Man, (Andrew Motion) The Gun (Vicky Feaver) Song (George Szirtes)

AS Drama:

A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)

AS Prose:

Atonement (Ian McEwen) Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) A Passage to India (EM Forster) Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.