Accessibility links

English Literature at Swanwick Hall School

Course description


If you enjoy reading – and discussing ideas – joining in with group presentations – writing about your opinions – then English Literature A Level is an ideal course for you. You will be studying different novels / poems and plays. Sometimes we will work as a whole class, other times in groups, sometimes individually. We will use discussion, workshops, seminars – you must be prepared to talk and share ideas. Lessons are enjoyable and hard work. You will study texts like: “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald Poetry by Wilfred Owen “The World’s Wife” by Carol Ann Duffy “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “Abigail’s Party” Plays by Shakespeare and Webster Poetry by Milton and Shelley We will be looking at a range of drama, poetry, prose and non-fiction texts and wherever possible we will be going on theatre trips and visits to support our studies. Recent visits have been to: Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford Derby Playhouse Manchester, Royal Exchange Theatre Sheffield Crucible Theatre West Yorkshire Playhouse Nottingham Playhouse Museum of London (links with Chaucer) You will be given opportunities to lead discussions, write creatively and develop your skills of analysis and criticism. We like to work collaboratively and so there will be plenty of opportunity to work in groups, in seminars as well as in a whole class.


Unit 1 - Poetry and Prose 1800 - 1945

Unit 2 - Literature - Post 1900


Unit 3 - Drama and Poetry - pre 1800

Unit 4 - Texts in time

Entry requirements

In order to access this course students must have achieved a minimum of A* - C in 5 different subjects including English and Maths at GCSE Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swanwick Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years