Component 1 [40%] Love through the ages – Students study three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. They will also respond to two unseen poems in the exam.
Component 2 [40%] Texts in shared contexts – The aim of this topic area is to encourage students to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time.
Component 3 [20%] In Texts across time, students write a comparative critical study of two texts on a theme of their choice.
This course will be taught in a group with access to two different teachers. You will be expected to make an active contribution to classroom debate and participate fully in creating a dialogue of learning. Your assignments will involve a range of tasks, with both analytical and creative elements. Students will be expected engage in wider reading, explore relevant cultural events and participate in practical workshops. There will be a stress upon independent learning as the course progresses, with students taking on greater ownership and control of their studies. The course is designed to enhance the students’ relationship with English language and the study of linguistics.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see our prospectus), the student should have a GCSE level 6 or above in GCSE English Language or Literature.
English Literature is recognised as a rigorous academic award and highly valued by higher education institutions. It supports you in engaging with fundamental aspects of human nature and its representation in literature, allowing you to experience a range of poetry, drama and prose texts. It provides unique insight to different modes and movements from across the last five-hundred years, while considering contemporary shifts in critical interpretations. Consequently it has proved an incredibly adaptive subject for future employers, offering development opportunities across the spectrum of skills.