English Literature

English Literature at A Level aims to develop an interest in an enjoyment of a wide range of English and American prose, poetry and drama, and includes the study of writers from Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, and everyone in between. 

You will explore the social, political and historical contexts underlying these texts and develop your own critical responses. Come prepared to debate and share your opinions on authors and poets on a course that is a genuine ‘journey of discovery’ through some of the most popular and most-discussed works of all time.

On your course you will cover a wide variety of literature both historical and modern. In your first year you will be studying:
 
• 19th + 20th century prose fiction
• 20th century poetry
• Drama
 
Coursework remains a significant part of the A-level qualification and there will be opportunities to     develop a project of your own linking texts of your choice from different time periods. There are also lots of extracurricular opportunities such as cinema visits, theatre trips and lecture days.
 
You can study English Literature to degree level, either on its own or by combining it. Common careers for graduates include law, journalism or publishing but the communication and analysis skills that you will develop are highly sought after in almost every profession.
 
You will need a minimum of a B grade at GCSE to be accepted onto the course.
 
“He that loves reading has everything within his reach.”
William Godwin