Course Information

English Literature

English Literature

Students must have five good GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C (5-8). Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English Language and Literature at grade B (6) or above.

Description of the subject

English Literature builds on skills already developed at GCSE. Students cover a range of texts from across genres, drawing comparisons and analysing ideas and themes in depth. There is a lot of emphasis placed on reading, both for the course and for pleasure.

Throughout the course the focus is on analysing the ways in which stories are told and thereby constructing different realities;  a significant element to this is understanding the context in which texts are produced and thinking about the ways in which we understand them as readers, or viewers in the case of drama.  

Assessment of this subject consists of 3 terminal examinations and one piece of coursework.

What you will do- students will:

    • Pay close attention to how narrative deice work in in texts
    • Make connections across texts through exploring their themes and ideas
    • Be introduced to notions of genre through the study of drama
    • Broaden their understanding of genre and categorisation
    • Extend their independent reading
    • Extend their awareness of critical methods and readings.
    • Produce a comparative piece of coursework

Future prospects

English Literature is a solid foundation for any art-based subject at university (including English, Media Studies, Law, Philosophy, Languages or Social Science) as on completion of their A Level students will be skilled writers and will have developed strong communication skills.

English Literature is a good course to link up with Art, 3D Design, Business Studies, Information Technology, Media Studies, IT Practitioners and General Studies.