What do I need?
5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, including Mathematics, English Language and English Literature.
Why Study A Level English Literature?
You will study a broad range of literary texts from different time periods. This will develop your critical thinking skills about universal human themes and your ability to construct a convincing argument.
What will I study?
You will study a wide range of literary texts from the 16th century up to the present day. These will come from the three disciplines of poetry, prose and drama. You will study the works of two comparable poets from the twentieth century and then another poet from an earlier time. You will study two plays that have a similar theme as well as a whole Shakespeare play. You will also study prose from two key periods.
You will develop your critical reading and writing skills through a coursework unit where you choose your own texts from a list prescribed by the exam board.
Where can the subject lead?
As with English Language, the development of critical reading and writing skills makes this subject very useful for all further study and careers. Students have progressed into careers as diverse as law, education, media, business, social work, advertising and personnel management.