English Literature

Exam board: AQA
Guidance: Grade 5 in GCSE English. Applications will be considered on an individual basis in light of results data and teacher references.
Course Start Date: 09/2021
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

The study of literature requires students to be perceptive, analytical, empathetic and at the same time logical. The course should enhance the enjoyment you gain from reading and help broaden your ability to argue and philosophise and generally air your views. The study of language and form can lead to a better command of your own language and improve your communication skills.

Course units
If you take this subject at A Level, you will cover Elements of Crime Writing, Aspects of Tragedy and Theory and Independence coursework (2 pieces). In the coursework component, students write about two different literary texts: one must be a poetry text and one must be an example of prose. Who and what you study will in part be determined by your teacher but you will also have opportunities to choose texts for yourself. Students in the past have studied writers such as Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Emily Bronte and Angela Carter. If you enjoy contemplating love, life and the universe you’ll be in good company. Crime texts include: When Will There Be Good News – Kate Atkinson Brighton Rock – Graham Greene Collection of crime poems Tragedy texts include: The Great Gatsby Richard II Othello


80% exam (two papers); 20% comparative critical study (coursework)

What can I go on to
Contrary to popular belief, not all students of English go on to be teachers and librarians: 30% and 9% respectively. The study of English develops oral and written communication skills and encourages creative thinking, all of which are highly valued in industry and in many other professions.

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