English Literature A Level
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
General Course Description
This course allows you to explore, discuss, analyse and evaluate a range of literature of all genres.
You will be expected to read at length, bringing your own insights to modern and classic texts, as well as exploring the texts from various literary theory perspectives.
You will be preparing texts for examination and for coursework.
Further Information about our courses including results
As a department we consolidated our trend of excellent results in A Level English Literature, achieving 74% A*-B in 2020 and 93% at A*-C.
Our results at GCSE in 2020 were again extremely strong:
For English Language GCSE we secured at Grades 9-7 35.5% and Grades 9-4 87% For English Literature we secured Grades 7-9 (A/A*) 30.9% and Grades 4-9 89%
You will be studying a course in a department which has a proven record of outstanding teaching. We also offer A Level English Language.
Course Content and Teaching Units
Literary Genres: Tragedy
In this unit you study three main texts linked to the genre of tragedy: King Lear, Death of a Salesman and poetry by John Keats. You will be assessed on these texts via examination in Y13.
Texts and Genres: Political and Social Protest
In this unit you will study three main texts for assessment via examination in Y13: Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. You will also be taught how to respond to a variety of unseen pieces of literature in preparation for an unseen passage in the examination.
You will complete two pieces of coursework which explore potential meanings in literary texts using critical theory and ideas (e.g. Marxist criticism, feminism…). You will ned to select two text choices independently (with guidance) and research your chosen text in depth. This part of the course gives our students the chance to be really individual and give original and personal insights into fascinating texts.
Trips, visits and extra-curricular
Creative writing club on offer along with newsletter committee. Department also organise trips to plays, museums and University for subject specific lectures.
How will it be delivered?
Paper 1: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hour 30 minute exam - closed book) 40%
Paper 2: Texts and Genres (3 hour exam - open book) 40%
Coursework (2 essays) 20%
GCSE English Literature - High Grade 5 or better
Your next steps...
As with all Arts subjects, English courses offer entry to a huge range of further course and careers. Whether you are interested in courses and careers such as teaching, law, journalism or civil service roles, or you are seeking an alternative to your other courses to provide variety to your CV, you could not select a better course than English Literature. It provides you the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, discussion and writing skills, as well as exploring a huge variety of topics, contextual settings and wider ideas.
In the past two years, students who studied our English courses have progressed to study some of the following courses in universities such as University of Sheffield, University of Birmingham, Durham University and the University of Oxford:
English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Psychology, Creative Writing, Medical Anthropology, History, Accounting and Finance and Nursing.