The key aim is to foster the enjoyment of and the ability to fully understand and analyse a broad range of literary genres, moving the students far beyond their accustomed reading patterns. Texts integral to students' literary heritage, plus a range of texts in translation, are studied. Students will become confident, independent readers and interpreters of literature. They will be able to articulate in a clear and expressive way their personal response, and to deconstruct skillfully authorial purposes and techniques, including comparative analysis of set texts and unseen material.
There is also the opportunity to participate in a three day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeare's work (and other texts) brought to life on stage.
At higher level, thirteen works of literature are studied, while ten texts are covered at standard level.
1. Texts in translation
- Students study three texts in translation. One piece of written coursework must be completed by higher and standard level students on one of these texts. This assignment will be completed in year 12.
2. Oral presentation
- A fifteen minute talk on individual choice of topic from thematically linked texts studied in class; there is an opportunity to be creative in response. This task will be completed in year 12.
3. Oral commentary
- Standard level — a ten minute recorded discussion with a teacher on a passage from texts studied in class. Students will not know in advance which extract they will be given but will have twenty minutes preparation time. This component will be assessed in the autumn term of year 13.
- Higher level — a ten minute recorded discussion with a teacher on a poem studied in class. Students will not know in advance which poem they will have. They are given twenty minutes to prepare the extract for discussion. There is a discussion for ten minutes on another text. This component will be assessed during the autumn term of year 13.
4. Exam preparation
- A comparative essay on a selection of texts by a range of poets studied in class in year 13.
- Unseen commentary — a choice between analysing poetry, prose or drama. Work on this paper will be ongoing throughout the course but particularly emphasised in year 13.
General entry requirements:
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme: 3 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE or equivalent.
We have a strong history of students going on to study English-related degrees.