English Literature

If you enjoy reading and discussing literature, you will enjoy this course. You will gain a detailed understanding of a broad range of poetry, prose and drama, while developing different critical approaches which can be used in reading and analysis. It is therefore essential that you are prepared to read independently.

Students starting an English A Level will be embarking on a linear course. This means that all exam units will be assessed at the end of two years and that there are no longer opportunities to re-sit units.

  • Course Outline
    • If you decide to study A-level English Literature, you can expect:

      • Two exams – 80% of A-level
      • One coursework unit – 20% of A-level
      • To study the three main literary genres: prose fiction, poetry and drama

      We follow AQA English Literature B and the course is as follows:

      Unit 1 – Literary Genres (2.5 hour exam):

      • Study of ‘Aspects of Tragedy’
        • ‘Othello’ William Shakespeare,
        • ‘Death of a Salesman’ Arthur Miller and
        • a selection of poetry by John Keats

      Unit 2 – Texts and Genres (3 hour exam):

      • Study of ‘Aspects of Tragedy’
        • ‘The Kite Runner’ Khaled Hosseini,
        • ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen and
        • a selection of poetry by Tony Harrison

      Unit 3 – Theory and Independence (non-examined assessment):

      • Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose, informed by study of the AQA Critical Anthology
      • Produce two essays each responding to a different text.
  • Career opportunities and further study
    • English is a core subject and as such a valuable A Level for any student considering an academic course at university. Many students who do A Level English go on to study degrees in English, History and Law as well as various subjects relating to the media/creative industries, the social sciences and education. English is also highly valued by employers; the subject’s core skills, such as written/oral communication, writing for different audiences and purposes, prioritising information and analytical interpretation, are essential in most workplaces.

  • Trips and Events
    • The English department have several trips and events throughout the year, including visits to the theatre and universities.

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Entry Requirements 2019

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2019 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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