“Although it’s hard work, English is an interesting subject to learn about because it gives a broad cultural understanding of both literature and history. When you’re learning about literature in the past, knowing about the context in which it’s written helps you to understand it. As for the written side of it, I definitely think that it’s improved my communication skills!” Aziza Temple-Nott.
- GCSE English Language (Level 2)
- AS Level English Literature (Level 3)
- A Level English Literature (Level 3)
Duration of programme
- 1-2 years for GCSE
- 1 year for AS Level
- 2 years for A Level
- For GCSE a grade D (grade 3) in English is preferable, together with an internal assessment that shows that you are working at the appropriate level.
- For AS and A Level English Literature, 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above are normally required; these should include Maths and English Language. There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level.
However, your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
GCSE is entirely assessed by exam. There is a Speaking and Listening component which, although compulsory, does not contribute to the final grade. You will study a range of texts of different types and genres, but the exam is entirely skills-based; there are no ‘set texts’ that you have to answer questions on.
The main subject for AS and Year 1 of A Level English Literature will be Love Through the Ages. The main topic for Year 2 of A Level will be World War One and its aftermath. However, the A Level also includes a coursework element which gives you a wide choice of texts.
Students are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion and written work. Students undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as formal essay ‘homework’ and exam practice. The A Level coursework unit offers the chance for both supported and independent study.
Students who wish to continue their studies at university will learn how to use a virtual learning environment, known as Moodle, to help them prepare for their studies in Higher Education.
- GCSE: 100% exam
- AS: 100% exam
- A Level: 20% coursework and 80% exam
The GCSE qualification is a gateway to employment and to further academic study. Most universities will insist on a grade C in GCSE English.
After studying A Level English Literature, most students go on to Higher Education. A Level English Literature is highly valued by universities and can enable students entry onto a range of subjects.
Student timetables at RNC
We recognise that all of our learners are individuals, which is why no two students will have the same timetable. As well as each student’s core area(s) of study, they will have a mixture of ICT Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills and/or Braille on their timetables, dependent on their individual needs, goals and objectives.