English Literature

Why should I study this subject?
English Literature provides you with the opportunity to develop your interest and enjoyment in literary studies. You will explore challenging ideas, as expressed through poetry, prose and drama from different periods. You will be encouraged to develop your own responses to texts, considering other readers’ interpretations, with a deepening appreciation of the significance of cultural and historical influences upon readers and writers. The course is of interest to anyone keen to find out about the way literature challenges conventional thinking in the field of human relationships and ideas.

What will I study ?
You will read independently set texts; engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them; develop and effectively apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation; explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations of them and undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen your appreciation and understanding of English Literature, including its changing traditions.

Unit 1

Section A; Othello

Section B; A Streetcar Named Desire

Unit 2; You will compare two novels; (Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale)

Unit 3: A set poem or genre alongside the modern poetry anthology

Section A: Comparison of a named poem from the anthology, with an unseen poem.

Section B: Selected poems of John Keats

Unit 4: Coursework

A comparison of 2 texts (free choice)

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What is the exam board?