English Literature is the subject for those who enjoy reading, and discussing and writing about the books they have read.

The course builds upon the work you have done for GCSE and introduces you to a more formal academic study of texts.

Why English Literature?

English Literature allows its students to develop their learning in a wide variety of academic subjects, including philosophy, theology, history, and foreign and classical languages. To understand a society it is essential to understand its literature, and this course provides an excellent opportunity to do that.

Any special requirements? 

The course involves a large amount of reading. Students must be independent learners, willing to read in their own time and be prepared to discuss in class their ideas about what they have read. Students should have achieved at least a grade 5/6 in English GCSE.

What will I study and how will I be assessed? 


Component 01 - 
Poetry - pre and post 20th-century poems selected from a prescribed list. 2-hour exam 30% of the qualification

Component 02 - 
Drama - pre and post 20th-century drama selected from a prescribed list and the further study of a Shakespeare play. 2-hour exam 30% of the qualification

Component 03 - 
Unseen texts - analysis of unseen poetry and prose. 2-hour exam 20% of the qualification

Component 04 -
3,000-word coursework assignment based on the comparative reading of two novels. 20% of the qualification


Further information 

Please click here for a course leaflet. If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Head of English at A-level, Mr T Hardwick at:
Queens Road West
T 01254 232 992
F 01254 355 215

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