English Literature (A Level)

English Literature is an opening up of the world.  Literature, like all art, seeks to express something of the human experience of life. It is a means of finding out, for a moment, what it would be like to be someone else. Empathy is key. It is a way of transcending time and space: what would it be like to someone else, somewhere else, sometime else.

If you are ready to explore the big issues of life – love, death, God, meaning, relationships – then you are ready for English Literature

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Course Insight Subject Highlights

Topics you will study:

Shakespeare & Drama and Poetry Pre-1900

  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare (Year 1)
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and other poems – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Year 2)
  • A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (Year 2)

Comparative and Contextual Study – American Literature 1880-1940

  • The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (Year 1)
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck (Year 2)

Non-Exam Assessment/Coursework

  • The History Boys – Alan Bennett compared with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark (Year 1)
  • Poems of W.H. Auden (Year 1)
Progression Routes – What’s in it for me?

English Literature is an enabling/facilitating subject. This means, it is respected by Russell Group universities as being a course that will help towards a good degree.

Any university subject which requires analytical skills will benefit from a foundation in English Literature.

Assessment:                   Awarding Body:

Exams – 80%                                    OCR
Coursework – 20%

Results 2018: 100%
Key Features:
  • People who read literature tend to be more empathetic.
  • Literature will expose you to worlds beyond your own.
  • Deep reading and analytical skills are essential and will be gained.
  • People need stories. We live by and in stories. Stories tell us who we are and why we are.
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How we  will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…
  • Develop fluency and literacy, both in terms of writing and oracy.
  • Develop skills which will enable you to develop a lifelong interest and passion; most people who do Literature A Level will remember their texts their whole lives.
  • Resilience will be built. There is a lot of work involved and managing this is essential to success.
What our students say…

“English at A Level is not what I imagined; it has more reading involved but it is far better.”

“English Lit has helped me to understand all my subjects better.”

“Do English! The books are really good and interesting. The teachers are good too.”