Key Stage Five: English Literature, and English Literature and Language A-levels

English Literature

During this course, you will learn to consider how and why great works of literature were written. You will read a range of texts from Shakespearean tragedy to poetry written post- 2000, from classic works of English literature to twentieth century feminist novels, from drama written in the 1600s to Victorian poetry.

Studying English Literature will help broaden your knowledge of prose, plays and poems. This subject will develop your essay writing skills, enhance your written and verbal communication, allow you an opportunity to read a range of texts from different time periods, and promote your already existent love of reading. With an emphasis on discussion and written communication, English Literature will help you develop a range of important skills for the future.

Assessment

100% examination

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study English Literature will have 5 GCSEs at grade 5+ with a minimum of a grade 6 in English Literature and English Language. Students choosing this subject will have a love of reading and will be confident independent readers. Additionally, students will need to have been successful in essay-based subjects they have studied and enjoy writing.

English Literature and Language

It approaches language and literature in a combined way, using a linguistic approach. We analyse a range of literary and non-literary texts – including many that are spoken and multi-modal (i.e. using sound and images). There is a very strong element of written exploration, through creative writing and commentary.

Close reading of texts, focusing on specific language and style features. The ability to explain this, through analytical writing, but also the ability to identify and use key language features, in your own writing.

Assessment

100% examination

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study English Language and Literature should have 5 GCSEs at grades 5+ with a minimum of a grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature.  Students choosing this subject have a love of reading and are confident independent readers. Additionally, students will need to have been successful in essay-based subjects they have studied and enjoy writing.