English Literature A Level encourages reading across a wide range of literary forms. Students learn to be critical and creative in their response and interpretation of text and will develop the skills of literary analysis.
English Literature encourages students in the enjoyment and wider appreciation of literature and therefore of people. Students will grow in their powers of analysis, criticism and expression.
Texts studied include, ‘Othello’; ‘The Duchess of Malfi’; Edexcel’s Shakespeare - A Critical Anthology’; ‘A Passage to India’; ‘Heart of Darkness’; Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and a post-2000 poetry selection. In the poetry examination, students compare a poem they have studied with an ‘unseen’ poem; we practise this kind of criticism. For coursework, students agree a choice of texts and a suitable title with thier teacher.
Study is literature-based. You must be a student who likes reading. We select texts to ensure a balance of drama, poetry and prose.
• Three exam papers: Drama (30%); Prose (20%); Poetry (30%)
• One coursework essay of 2,500 to 3,000 words on two texts of any genre.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
Independent study commitment: Wider reading - at least an hour per day. Ideally you would put in as much time as your lessons take up.
English Literature grade 6 or above.
The student who writes accurate English, and whose sensibilities and perceptions are sharpened by close study of Literature is well equipped for a wide variety of options, professionally and in higher education.