English Literature


*English Literature A codes 7711 and 7712

A qualification in English Literature is recognised and accepted by all establishments of higher education. The range of good career prospects for which a qualification in English Literature is useful, is considerable. Both specific and more general career intentions will be enhanced by the serious study of English Literature.

This is a demanding course but we believe it offers candidates valuable and beneficial experiences with a great deal of scope for personal satisfaction, interest and improvement. If you enjoy reading and like discussing what you have read and seen, then this may well be a course you should consider.

Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation, but is the product of the time in which it was produced, English Literature encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood.  Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.

As you will see, there are a number of choices of texts to study.  The final decision of which texts are to be studied will rest with the group’s teacher, who will take into consideration the group’s aptitude and ability.  We always aim to provide a balanced and interesting range of texts.

Course Content

Love through the ages: Shakespeare and poetry and Prose

Encourages students to explore aspects of a central literary theme as seen over time, using set texts and unseen material.  Students should read widely from a range of different authors and times.  Set texts include one Shakespeare play and one anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900).

Texts in shared contexts

This topic encourages students to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time.  Students will choose from either World War 1 and its aftermath or Modern Times: literature from 1945 to the present day, and will study three set texts – one prose, one poetry and one drama.

Independent critical study: texts across time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 and two different authors must be studied.

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