English Literature: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

AS and A Level in
English Literature

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This course is intended for students who enjoy reading and debating possible meanings in texts. You'll have the opportunity to explore a range of work, including contemporary and classical plays, poetry, and novels.

The course takes a historicist approach to literature, working with the view that each text is influenced by the times in which it was written, and that it may be interpreted differently according to the social contexts or beliefs of the reader. This course has been reformed to follow new A Level guidelines; students will be reassessed on AS content at the end of the two years.

Course Content

Year One:

  • Love Through The Ages: You will develop your written analysis as you study two novels, one Shakespeare play, and a collection of pre-1900 poetry, looking at the depictions of love throughout time. This unit will be assessed by exam and you will answer questions on your set texts and unseen material. This is worth 100% of AS but results are not counted towards the full A Level.

Year Two:

  • Love Through The Ages: You will be reassessed on three of your set texts, again considering the theme of love through time. You will also prepare to analyse unseen poetry. This unit will be assessed by exam and is worth 40% of the A Level.
  • Texts In Shared Contexts: This unit covers the theme of modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day. You will study one novel, one collection of poetry, and one play, all written post-1945. You will explore literature’s engagement with some of the social, political, and literary issues which have shaped the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This unit will be assessed by exam and is worth 40% of the A Level.
  • Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time. You will prepare a 2500-word essay comparing an aspect of two texts of your own choice, one of which must have been written pre-1900. This is an opportunity to explore an area of literature that is of interest to you. Possible themes include the Gothic, representations of gender or social class, or satire and dystopia. This is a non-examined assessment and makes up 20% of the A Level.


As part of the course you will be expected to:

  • read texts independently
  • discuss texts in class
  • learn about the contexts of your texts

Teaching is mostly by open discussion. You'll spend time out of class reading and writing about your texts.

Entry Requirements

  • At least grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Progression Opportunities

English Literature provides excellent preparation for the workplace and for university. The analytical and communication skills you learn provide a good basis for higher level study in a wide range of subjects.


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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

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College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASQELT

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