The focus for this subject is to enable the exploration of different reading processes to enrich one’s understanding of literary texts. Texts range through all genres and all ages, from the contemporary to the archaic.
A choice will be made between aspects of comedy and aspects of tragedy through the study of three texts, one of which will be a Shakespeare play for the first examined unit.
The second examined unit will cover three further texts focussing on either crime or political writing. The non-examined assessment requires close analysis of poetry and prose and application of critical theory. The independent study unit empowers the student to analyse texts while also exploring, investigating and probing critical thinking thus extending their understanding of different interpretations and viewpoints.
Grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature
What type of student is this course suitable for?
If you are a thoughtful, strong-minded committed reader then you stand to gain a great deal from this course. You will need to read widely and independently and be prepared to articulate informed and relevant responses.
Where could this course take you?
Further literary study and careers in the written arts are the obvious outcomes and this course is highly respected academically by top universities. A student of literature is a reader for life and the analysis and experience of a range of literary texts will be transferable to almost every profession.
What our students say
- “English Literature combines creativity with developing key skills for the future. There is a lot of freedom and enjoyment within the subject yet, at the same time, it is an acclaimed qualification.” – Y13 Student
- “English Literature is such an inspiring and transferable subject. Regardless of what you go on to study, the effect of broadening your mind to acknowledge and analyse a range of themes, contextual information and language within various forms of literature, are so beneficial. I can guarantee you will soon fall in love with this subject.” – Y13 Student