AS Level / A Level English Literature (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The AS Level / A Level English Literature course is a Full-time Further Education course within the Sixth Form Academy (SFA). It is designed for students who are interested in progressing their English studies.

It is divided into five units, two at AS and three at A2 and assessed through external examinations and one prose study. You will assisted to explore poetry, drama and prose texts stylistically and historically whilst developing the quality of your own detailed academic writing. Autonomous reading and relevant academic research is also expected of you at this level.

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  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language at Grade B and GCSE English Literature at Grade C.

  • Career Prospects

    Wide range of HE courses and careers including the Media, Teaching, Business and Management, the Civil Service

  • Course Modules

    AS -
    UNIT 1, Prose and Drama (closed book): Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Caryl Churchill: Top Girls.
    UNIT 2, Poetry Post 1900 (open book, clean copy): Seamus Heaney, Field Work and Owen Sheers, Skirrid Hill.

    A2 -
    UNIT 3, POETRY Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (open book, clean copy):
    John Keats, Selected Poems, Unseen Poetry [essay].
    UNIT 4, Shakespeare (closed book): William Shakespeare: King Lear.
    UNIT 5, Prose Study: 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts [to be decided], one pre-2000 and one post-2000, nominated by the centre.

  • Assessment

    At AS Level, there are two exams at the end of the year. One exam for Unit 1 and another for Unit 2. At A2 Level, there are two exams at the end of the year. One for Unit 3 and another for Unit 4. Additionally there is a coursework element in the second year.

  • Additional Costs

    There will be additional course-related costs.

Study Mode



Neath College

Course Length

2 years