English Literature

AS/A level English Literature

What is it?

An English Literature AS/A level course involves developing your analysis of and interest in literary texts.  The course will require you to make connections between texts and to approach the reading and study of literature through the lens of genre and theory. 

Who is it for?

AS/A level English Literature is a course for those students who enjoy reading and interrogating texts. The course encourages students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment. Wider reading is an essential element of the syllabus and requires a great deal of work so it requires conscientious study.

What qualifications do I need? 

The minimum requirement is at least grade 6 in GCSE English Literature and grade 6 in English Language.

Where might it lead me?

Higher education or employment.

What shall I study?

AS Level

Paper 1 - Literacy Genres: Drama

Paper 2 - Literacy Genres: Prose and Poetry

A Level

Paper 1 - Literacy Genres

Paper 2 - Texts and Genres

Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence

Who can I ask for more details?

Careers staff or the English Department

Why study English at St Thomas More?

  • Favourable group sizes.
  • Experienced and committed staff.
  • Opportunities to visit theatres/workshops/lectures.
  • Your personal opinion is valued and respected.