In studying English Literature at A Level you will participate actively in discussions inspired by some of the most popular texts in the literary cannon. Shakespeare, Fitzgerald and Williams will feature, as you consider drama, poetry and prose from the classical period to the present day.
Honing your analytical and critical thinking skills, you will produce written work which is considerate, concise and sophisticated. Role-play, dramatic recreations, discussion and group learning will all feature actively in lessons, allowing you to formulate ideas independently and consider findings from critical research. Ultimately, you will develop the ability to question not just literature, but the world around you.
80% of the overall qualification will be formally assessed through examination at the end of the course, with non-examined assessment making up the remaining 20%.
Paper 1 (3 hours) – three questions of equal weighting in response to: an extract from Shakespeare’s Othello; two unseen poems; a comparison of a selection of poems from the Pre-1900 Anthology with The Great Gatsby.
Paper 2 (2 hours 30 mins) – three equally weighted questions on: The Feminine Gospels; an extract of unseen prose; a comparison of A Streetcar Named Desire with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Non- Examined Assessment – independent coursework in which you will research, compile secondary reading and formulate an essay focus which you will then develop into a 2500-word response. You may focus on any two texts of literary significance, one being written pre-1900, and the other post-1900
GCSE Level 6 in English Language or English Literature
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
A Level English Literature provides a foundation for a wide range of career paths, whether that be tertiary study, apprenticeships or the workforce. Students will enter the next phase of their lives with a strong foundation in critical thinking, analysis and independent research skills. Journalism, education, travel and tourism and other such industries value the abilities literature students bring to the workplace.