English Literature - AL

L3 Level 3
Part Time
1 September 2020 — 18 June 2021
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Do you enjoy being creative, thinking for yourself, discussing contemporary issues related to literature, and developing your ideas in writing and reading? If so, then this course is the perfect choice for you! Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this programme will explore novels, plays and poetry including texts and contexts, and is also an opportunity to develop creative reading and writing. The qualification covers both AS and A2 English Literature, so it is possible to gain a full A-level in one year.

What you will study

AS English Literature covers the following modules:

Module 1: LT1 Poetry and Drama 1 (External Examination 2 ½ hours)
Poetry: For this module you will study the poetry of the renowned writer Seamus Heaney in depth, covering varied texts from different collections of work. As part of wider reading, this will be combined with detailed study of Skirrid Hill by Owen Sheers. You will explore comparisons and contrasts, thinking about links and relationships between texts, learn to respond to texts with critical expertise and consider how the poets convey thoughts, feelings and values in their works.
Drama: For this you will study Oleanna by David Mamet, including an appreciation of contextual features of the play and close critical analysis of genre, language and dramatic techniques.

Module 2: LT2 Prose Study & Creative Reading (Internal Assessment)
Prose Study: For this module you will undertake a comparison of the core prose text Jane Eyre and additional text Wide Sargasso Sea, reading the texts in a variety of ways and responding critically and creatively to themes and writers' techniques. You will be required to submit one critical piece of work of approximately 1500 words.
Creative Reading: You will study in class a wide range of literary genres and produce two pieces of work; one of which will be a personal creative writing response, the other a commentary on your own techniques. Purchase of a textbook is required for this section.

The following units will be covered for A2-level:

Unit 3 – Poetry pre-1900 and unseen poetry (20% of qualification)
The pre-1900 poetry text studied for the course is John Donne Selected Poems. Students will also have the opportunity to approach poems or extracts in a personal and engaged way that have not been previously set for study as part of the course. There will be a written examination of 2 hours.

Unit 4 – Shakespeare (20% of qualification)
The set text for this unit is King Lear by Shakespeare. Students will answer one extract-based question from the play and one question from a choice of two on the same text. There will be a written examination of 2 hours.

Unit 5 – Prose Study  (20% of the qualification)
Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 word assignment.
The emphasis in this coursework unit is placed on independent reading and research. Students should submit a 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts by different authors, one published pre-2000 and the other published post-2000.  Possible texts are: Atonement by Ian McEwan and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £90.00

Course Fee: £560.00

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including English Language and Maths.
  • Interview.

Individual subjects may require higher grades. 
Mature learners without these qualifications may be accepted after an interview with the subject tutor.

Course times

17:45 - 20:45 Tuesday

Teaching and assessment

  • Three written exams coursework and assessment

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

1 September 2020

End date

18 June 2021

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

3 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Literature


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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