English Literature

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a challenging and thought-provoking course that gives students the opportunity to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature across the centuries. Students will develop their skills of literary analysis, as well as their ability to write in a structured and coherent way. Students will be encouraged to compare and reflect on texts from a range of genres, including poetry, prose and drama. Skills of independent learning, discussion and analytical writing will be promoted.

COURSE CONTENT

AS Level

Paper 1: Literary Genres (Aspects of Tragedy): Drama
(1 ½ hour exam)
This unit requires students to study one Shakespeare play, and one other drama text, focusing on how writers create aspects tragedy in their texts and how readers can respond to them. The exam is closed book, with one extract-based, and one broader thematic question.
Paper 2: Literary Genres (Aspects of Tragedy): Prose and Poetry
(1 ½ hour exam)
This open-book exam assesses students’ understanding of one prose text and one poetry collection. Again, the focus is on the authorship of the texts, and how writers create aspects of tragedy across the different forms.
A-Level

Paper 1: Literary Genres (Aspects of Tragedy)
(2 ½ hour exam)
You will study one Shakespeare play, another drama text and one additional text, focusing on authorship and aspects of tragedy as above. The exam is closed book, with one extract-based question, and one broader thematic question, and a comparison of two texts.
Paper 2 – Option B: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing
(3 hours)
This unit will involve the study of three texts concerned with oppression and domination in society, including one post-2000 text, one poetry collection and a pre-1900 text. The exam is open-book and comprises one unseen passage, one single text analysis and one comparison.
Non-Exam Assessment: Theory and Independence
This is a coursework module that requires students to produce a portfolio of two pieces of work, both which will be a critical reading of a text using supporting material from a pre-released critical anthology. Each piece of writing will be 1200-1500 words in length.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

An Advanced Level in this subject provides an excellent foundation for a wide variety of university courses, including English Literature, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Media Studies, and an even larger number of careers in the areas of creative arts, media and teaching.

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who wish to study this subject will normally achieve A* to C grades in a range of subjects at GCSE and should attain B grades in English Literature and English Language.