English Literature

English Literature

Why choose English Literature?

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.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in English Language and GCSE grade B in English Literature.