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English Literature AS/A2 Level

Course aims

The course aims to develop informed independent readers who have the skills to read widely and analytically across a range of literature. You will be expected to undertake a considerable amount of reading to make a success.

Specific entry requirements

(To be read in conjunction with the General Entry Requirements.)

One of your GCSEs must be English Literature (if taken) or combined English, at grade B or higher.

To study GCE A Level you must have achieved a grade D at AS Level.

Course content

GCE AS Level (Year 1)
Unit 1 – Poetry and Drama 1 (Exam)

Poetry and drama (post 1900) – Carol Ann Duffy and David Hare.

Unit 2 – Prose Study and Creative Reading (Coursework)
Two prose texts – “The Great Gatsby” and “Catcher in the Rye”
Creative reading - a piece of coursework stimulated by wider reading.

GCE A2 Level (Year 2)
Unit 3 – Period and Genre Study (Coursework)

War Literature – poetry, prose and drama.

Unit 4 – Poetry and Drama 2 (Exam)
Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”
Poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Course assessment

You will be assessed through one examination per year and coursework both years.


Dudley Sixth will supply all set texts for full time students, although students may choose to purchase their own copies.


Higher Education or university. An English A Level is valued by universities and employers.

Career options: English can lead to a variety of careers. The skills it develops can lead to teaching, journalism, business, management and information services (e.g. librarianship).


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