The study of literature rests upon reading texts within a shared context. Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, this course encourages you to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood.
Studying texts within a shared context will enable you to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives. Whilst the course invites a variety of written response types, these will all encourage critical debate.
In each task, you will be required to argue and to show personal responses and critical preferences, supported by the terminology relevant to the topics and contexts with which you are engaging. In Love through the ages, the theme of love, one of the most central themes in literature, is explored across time. In Texts in shared contexts, you will explore texts written within a narrower and clearly defined time period: WW1 and its aftermath. The nonexam assessment element offers you the freedom to critically compare two texts.
Paper 1 Love through the ages – a study of three texts
Paper 2 Texts in shared contexts – WW1 and its aftermath
Paper 3 Comparative critical study of two texts
Written examination (3h) – externally assessed
Written examination (2h 30m) – externally assessed
Nonexam assessment – internally assessed
GCSE at Grade 6 in English or English literature.
English Literature not only equips you with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non exam assessment, but also opens up a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university. It can be a valuable contrast to scientific, technological and economics based subjects, opening up greater breadth of interest, range of reference and facility with ideas and language. It is welcomed as a qualification for many careers.