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AS/A2 English Literature

English Literature in the Sixth Form

AS/A Level English Literature

Studying AS/A2 English Literature at Altrincham College offers students with a passion and aptitude for the subject to continue building upon the skills and knowledge gained throughout GCSE, whilst providing preparation for higher education and employment.

The course will allow students to experience a range of literature and encourages wider reading and appreciation of the texts through extending knowledge and experiences.

Entry Requirements

Five or more A* - C (9-4 under the new grading system) grades at GCSE including English Language and Maths.

Grade B (5/6) is required in English Language and/or English Literature.

Expectations of Students

In addition to being an enthusiastic reader each candidate will be expected to be able to construct a clear argument, recognise that any text is open to interpretations and that no viewpoint can ever be definitive. This will entail lots of lively discussion around the texts with each point of view being respected and valid.

Course Content
Unit 1

Literary Genres (Aspects of Tragedy) .A study of three texts from a list of 8, including two drama texts. Looking at texts such as “Othello”,  ”The Great Gatsby” and “Death of a Salesman” students will explore a range of elements which contribute to the popularity and ever-changing nature of what constitutes a tragedy.

Unit 2 Texts and Genres (Elements of crime writing). A study of three texts from a list of 8. By tracing the growth of crime fiction from the mid-19th century to the present day students will explore how writers structure their works in order to focus on the breaking of national, social, religious or moral laws. Possible texts for study include “Brighton Rock” , “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”  and “Hamlet”.
NEA Non Examined Assessment: Coursework-study of one prose and one poetry text, informed by a choice of critical readings from six possibilities, including those centred around Marx, feminism and the canon. Two essays of 1,250-1500 words each will form 20% of the A level.

The texts on offer present the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of the best available works in English Literature and explore their possibilities.

Learning Methods and Assessment
  • Unit One-two hour written exam, closed book worth 40% of A level
  • Units Two-three hour written exam, open book and one unseen passage, worth 40% of A level.
  • All examinations will be taken at the end of Year 13.
In order to prepare for the units, students will analyse and write a broad range of texts covering various purposes and intended audiences.