English Literature AS Level Course

£ 276.62

Our AS Level English Literature Course will help students to prepare for their AQA English Literature AS Level exams as a private candidate.

Course Description

The English Literature AS Level Course is an excellent way to introduce yourself to a wide range of works of drama, poetry and prose. The course is designed to encourage candidates in developing further interest and enjoyment in literary studies by reading widely, critically and independently and to also introduce candidates to the traditions of English Literature.

This home study course follows the new linear English Literature AS Level syllabus. Students wanting to complete a full A Level should purchase a course from the A Level Course section of our website.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. There are 10 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs).

Specification & Exams

Students can study for the AQA English Literature 7711 AS Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2021 or later years.

The full AS level specification is assessed by two written papers:

  • Paper 1: Love Through the Ages (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50 marks in total (50% of AS level).
  • Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 50 marks in total (50% of AS level).

The course will examine literature from a historical perspective to encourage independent study of a range of texts within a shared context.

The English Literature AS Level Course Includes the Following Units:
The following topics are covered: Imagery; The Sounds of Language; Characters; Descriptive Writing; Point of View; Tone of Voice; and Feelings.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Three Poems dependent on Images; Problematic Partners; Hearts’ Desires; Brief Encounters; and The Garden of Love.
The following topics are covered: Module Introduction; The Middle Ages and the Invention of Love; Chaucer on Love; Shakespeare on Love; The Sonnet; John Donne and the Metaphysicals; Wordsworth’s Natural Love; John Keats: a Romantic on Love; The Rise of the Novel; From Jane Austen to Mills & Boon; and Twentieth-Century Poetry and Song.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Shakespeare: Historical and Social Background; Introduction to Othello; Character, Language and Style in Othello; and Form and Structure in Othello.
The following topics are covered: Jane Eyre in Context; Jane and Rochester; Jane Eyre and Romances; and Comparisons with Jane Eyre.
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Tess of the d’Urbervilles; Hardy’s Characterisation; and Language and Style in Tess of the d’Urbervilles.


We will admit Candidates for AS Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above on the older grading system or 4 or above on the new grading system. For English Literature this should include a grade C/4 in English Language or English Literature.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course.

Additional Reading

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • Othello
  • Jane Eyre
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

AQA AS Level Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification AS Level Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their own exams. 

Students are contacted in December/January and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 examination centres in the UK. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the AQA page for private candidates which shows a small selection of centres set out geographically.

Private Candidates cannot complete AQA Specification Exams outside of the UK.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

AS Level exams are only available in the Summer examination window and examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs. 

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022. 

The closing date for all subjects is 12 November 2021. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2023 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

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Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 350 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)