English Literature

Is English Literature the subject for you?

If you enjoy reading and want to study a wide range of literature from past and present, then this is the course for you. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss texts at length and read the views of others, before arriving at your own conclusions about characters, themes and the writer’s craft. You will be encouraged to think for yourself, to use textual evidence to support your ideas and to evaluate contextual significance.

Course content

Students will study a combination of novels, drama texts including Shakespeare, and poetry, learning to engage creatively and apply their knowledge of literary analysis in discussions and in writing. Texts will cover a wide range of periods from pre-1900 right up to the 21st Century. Lessons will vary, incorporating group and class discussions, presentations, group drama performances, analysis of DVDs based on texts, as well as study days and theatre visits as appropriate.

Methods of study

Most assessment is through examination, but there is a coursework element analysing and comparing novels from different time periods.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Students with AS or Advanced GCE English Literature have a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You will learn and use a wide variety of transferable skills during the course. These include writing for a variety of purposes, expressing informed and independent opinions and identifying key links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right. In particular, the qualification can lead to opportunities in a variety of areas such as journalism, writing, teaching, the media or law.