Why choose English?
You will develop independence, creativity and maturity. Whichever English course you choose, you will learn to think for yourself; you will acquire an intellectual toolkit with which to analyse any text that crosses your path; you will find that individual creative contributions are valued; and you will be working within a mature learning community that is both supportive and challenging. We focus from the outset on facilitating your development of good note-taking and essay writing skills, offering additional surgery support where appropriate. In all the English subjects, you will develop close textual analytical skills. You will develop the ability to present a coherent argument in writing and to show awareness of different possibilities of interpretation.
While you are avidly reading the latest book on your shelf, do you ever ask yourself ‘What else has this author written?’, or wonder ‘What were the ideas of the period that made the writer think this way?’, ‘What did reviewers think of this book when it was first published?’ If so, English Literature is a course you will find particularly attractive.
At A level you will study eight texts and at AS four texts while being encouraged to read independently, widely and in-depth.
These texts will include:
- at least three pre-1900 works (current examples include Mary Shelley’s revolutionary Gothic novel, Frankenstein; Ben Jonson’s satire Volpone, and John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, Book IX)
- one Shakespeare play – currently, this is The Tempest
- one post-2000 work – for example Ian McEwan’s Atonement
- and a response to an unseen text
You will learn mostly by group work and debate. Your work will be supported by an invaluable set of intranet resources.
Assessment will be through critical appreciation and argument essays.