Curriculum Leader

Mrs Lindsey Goode

Course Content

Are you an avid reader? Do you love discussing ideas, characters and themes in plays, poems and novels? If so then the A Level in English Literature is a varied and thought-provoking course which will give you the opportunity to read and enjoy a wide range of powerful and important texts.  The course is separated into three key areas – Drama, Prose and Poetry – to give you the opportunity to explore a range of genres, styles and contexts , including a Shakespeare play, modern poetry, and two fantastic novels.  During the A Level course, you will develop your ability to debate, evaluate and analyse, and hone your communication skills.  You will also be offered exciting enrichment opportunities, such as theatre trips, visits to the home of the Brontes, and the chance to attend lectures by specialist speakers,

Why Study English Literature?
Aside from being highly enjoyable, this A level is highly valued by universities, being a facilitating subject. It will be a real asset when applying for a number of different university courses due to its critical, analytical and evaluative nature. It will be particularly useful for any future career which involves some measure of writing skills or communication.

Assessment includes a coursework essay which comprises 20% of the final grade. Students will also sit three exams, all of which are open book. The Drama and Poetry focused exams are each worth 30% of the final grade, and the Prose focused exam is worth 20% of the final grade.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths.  Grade 6 or above in both English Language and English Literature are required.