English Literature *FEES PAYABLE* at Akeley Wood Senior School
Much of the course involves engaging in discussion with your teachers and your peers, and arguing about your views and ideas in response to the texts you will be studying. You will read a wide range of texts across the three main genres: poetry, prose and drama, and learn to place these in the context of the time they were written. The course spans centuries, from the medieval poetry of Chaucer, to newly published novels. As well as extending your intellectual horizons, you will extend your critical skills, learning that there can be several approaches to a text.
You will be asked to consider alternative interpretations of the text and literary criticism will be introduced to you - for example you will perhaps look at ‘feminist’ or ‘Marxist’ readings of a poem or novel. We hope you will achieve ways of arguing your own opinions, even when you agree with the critics. Understanding the connections between texts is another key skill that you will pursue as the course progresses.
You will need to have studied GCSE English Language and Literature, and gained Grade B or higher. You should have read some major authors, including Shakespeare. It is essential that you look on reading as a pleasure, and value it as a window into other lives and other times. You will probably enjoy writing and will have gained some skill and confidence with your own written expression.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Akeley Wood Senior School directly.