English Literature

Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: English

Why Should I Study This Course?

If you are interested in reading a wide range of literature texts from 'A Streetcar Named Desire' to the poetry of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and discussing them in a seminar environment, then English Literature is for you. Over the two year course, you will study a wide range of prose, poetry and drama texts which will develop and stretch your skills of evaluation as well as helping you to gain a greater understanding of the world around you. English Literature is a facilitating subject that allows access to a wide range of careers.

What Would I Study?

Poetry: John Donne, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
Drama: 'A Streetcar Named Desire', 'The Duchess of Malfi', and 'The Tempest'
You will learn the skills that will allow you to analyse unseen poetry and prose texts from a wide-ranging time period.
As a class, you will study 'The Great Gatsby' and you will then write a comparative essay comparing to a post-2000 novel of your own choice.

How and When is it Assessed?

Each unit is assessed by an examination at the end of Year 13.
Unit 1 Poetry - 30% of the qualification
Unit 2 Drama - 30% of the qualification
Unit 3 Unseen Texts - 20% of the qualification
The Non-Examination Assessment unit is produced in your lesson time and personal study time in Year 13 and consists of 20% of the qualification.

Where Can This Course Take me?

English Literature A Level is useful for English based degrees, but also for further study in a wide range of subjects such as law, history, theology and many others. It is an excellent facilitating subject.