English Literature

What does the course involve?
In broadest terms, the study of the works of a number of literary texts - traditional and modern (for example, The Handmaid’s Tale, Frankenstein, Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire): how they use language to affect readers; how they organise and present ideas and emotions; the links they have with their cultural and historical contexts; how readers make sense of and respond to what is read. You will certainly be going more deeply into and engaging far more widely with texts than at GCSE.

How will you learn?
The full two year course is organised into four units.
As learners, you will be involved in individual reading and writing, group discussion, presentations, drama and role play, research, whole class debate…..any type of activity likely to bring us closer to the ideas, methods and meanings of the literature we encounter.

What exams and coursework are involved?
There are three papers for the full A-Level, and a piece of coursework.

What are the entry requirements?
6 in English Literature or Language. A keen commitment to reading is a must, as is a hunger for debate.

What could you do after completing the course?
The course provides obvious routes into a range of higher education opportunities: arts and humanities subjects will benefit from the development of expressive skills, whilst any area of future learning requiring logical thought and the capacity for presenting arguments cogently and succinctly will be well served. Careers such as journalism, marketing, education, law and the like are possible end destinations for successful Literature students.



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