An English lesson is one in which ideas are shared and
views about texts are thought through and discussed. We consider the contexts, purposes and audiences which shape texts. You will need to listen to others thoughtfully and be prepared to discuss your own views. You will be expected to read and write extensively, both in lessons and independently. It will be necessary to read the set texts several times.
The first year involves the study of the following:
Drama and poetry pre-1900: Coleridge ‘Selected Poems’
Webster: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’
NEA (coursework) close reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary: Thomas Hardy: ‘Selected Poems’
The second year will include:
Comparative NEA (coursework) comparing Tennessee Williams’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ with a post 2000 novel of your choice.
Comparative and contextual study from a topic area:
Margaret Attwood: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale'
Ray Bradbury: ‘Fahrenheit 451’
In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Entry to the second year is dependent on the standard achieved in the first year.
Students who have successfully completed English Literature A-level go on to study many different disciplines at university. Students who read for English degrees similarly enter a wide number of professions, such as law, teaching, marketing, the media, accounting and banking. There is an increasing need in commerce, industry and the professions for people who are accomplished communicators, and the best preparation for this is the study of English.
What does the course combine well with?
English Literature combines well with subjects such as
English Language, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Theatre Studies, Art, Philosophy, Business Studies, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sociology and Psychology. It also makes a good third subject for students studying predominantly science courses.