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English Literature at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham consortium.

Why should I study English Literature?

As someone who enjoys thinking, talking and writing about an exciting range of literary texts, drawn from different genres and literary traditions, this is the ideal course for you. You will work collaboratively with others, having opportunities to be independent, active learners, yet at the same time know that you are supported by our teaching and commitment to your achievement. You will take from this course highly developed abilities to express ideas fluently, appreciating your own and others’ use of language.

What will the course involve?

Paper 1 Aspects of Tragedy (Othello-Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman-Miller and Keats poetry) =40% Paper 2 Elements of Political and Social Protest writing (The Kite Runner- Hosseini, The Handmaid’s Tale-Atwood, Blake poetry) =40% NEA 2 pieces 1,250-1,500 word count=20% 1. An independent study of a prose text. You choose the text and essay question! For example: “Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh is an outstanding text and should be part of the literary cannon, but the cannon is too passive and conformist to include such a text” 2. An essay on Plath’s collection of poetry called “Ariel” linked to the critical anthology.

How might this course complement others?

This subject complements most other subjects and it is fully respected and valued by universities.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

English Literature is often chosen by our students to be studied at degree level and is recognised by employers requiring non-subject specific graduate entry. The ability to analyse and to present your interpretation in written form is a useful life skill and complements many career paths.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September