Literature is the study of poetry, prose and plays. You will have the opportunity
to read and research the context of a variety of texts over the two year course
from a wide and varied topic list. Lessons will take the form of student presentations,
seminar style discussions and close annotation of the reading material.
You should study English Literature if you have enjoyed the literature element of
your GCSE. This would have been your Shakespeare play, the text Woman in Black and
reading Of Mice & Men for the exam. Independent research is another large part of
the course, so you should be self disciplined to complete all tasks and meet deadlines.
Finally, you must like writing essays.
English Literature A Level is a way to lose yourself in a novel or a poem and also
broaden your reading skills
English Literature at A Level is an excellent subject to be able to study because
it inspires critical thinking and the ability to structure an argument
You must love to read. That is the first and most important quality when choosing
to study English Literature.
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Based on a World War One literature, you will study poetry and a selection of wider
reading. You will be given an unseen passage from the theme which you have to respond
to in the exam
A 2,000 word critical essay based on prose and drama from the chosen theme submitted
Based on the theme ‘Love through the Ages’ you will study a wide and varied Anthology
of texts and extracts. You will be asked to comment on an unseen extract on this
You will complete an essay of 3,000 words based on three texts. One of the texts
will form your Shakespeare study, the other two will be your choice, but must be
comparable to the Shakespeare text. The theme for the three texts is also ‘Love
Through the Ages’.