What can we learn from the work of some of the world’s greatest writers about the times in which they lived, and what their writing tells us today? English Literature will see you studying eight different texts and constructing your own arguments about what messages the writers are sharing. As part of this engaging course, texts you will explore include:
- Texts linked to the theme of protest, including Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake, Harvest by Jim Crace and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
- Texts linked to the themes of tragedy including Shakespeare’s Othello, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and a selection of poetry
- Texts for coursework include a further poetry text and a novel, chosen from a list
Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature and grade 5 in GCSE English Language.
Students are strongly advised to study traditional written subjects alongside e.g. A Level History.
This is a stimulating, lively and creative subject! Our committed and knowledgeable teachers will support you to engage with new ideas and material which you will analyse and explore. It is important that you enjoy reading independently and exploring the historical and social worlds in which literature is written. This involves lots of discussion, debate and working with others which will challenge your own views, and develop your ability to present your own arguments.
This is highly regarded by universities, and will support your progression to a fantastic range of courses from the more obvious such as English and Journalism to Law and Foreign Languages.
Good to Know
English Literature is a well-respected academic A Level that can open up many doors. You are strongly advised to study this alongside traditional written subjects such as History.