English Literature at St Gregory's Catholic School
Enjoyment and wider appreciation of literature and therefore of people.
Growth in the powers of analysis and expression.
Texts: 'Othello'; 'The Duchess of Malfi'; Edexcel’s Shakespeare – A Critical Anthology'; ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’; ‘War of the Worlds'; Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and a post-2000 poetry selection. In the Poetry exam, students compare a poem they have studied with an ‘unseen’ poem; we practise this kind of criticism. For coursework, we will study ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘The Color Purple’.
NATURE OF STUDY INVOLVED: Literature-based. (You must be a student who likes reading) We select texts to ensure a balance of drama, poetry and prose.
SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT (final exam):
Three exam papers: Drama (30%); Prose (20%); Poetry (30%)
One coursework essay of 2,500-3,000 words. On two texts of any genre.
Independent study commitment: Wider reading - at least an hour per day. Ideally you would put in as much time as your lessons take up.
Level 6 in English Language and in English Literature.
The student who writes accurate English, and whose sensibilities and perceptions are sharpened by close study of Literature is well equipped for a wide variety of options. English Literature A Level is regarded as a “facilitating subject” by the Russell Group of universities.
What other subjects does it combine successfully with?
Any combination is possible. History/Art/Modern Languages R.E., Drama and Theatre Studies are the obvious ones, but scientists and mathematicians are welcome.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.