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English Literature at St Mary's Catholic School

Course description

Awarding Body: WJEC.

This course provides students with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. The course requires students to show knowledge and understanding of :

  • the functions and effects of structure, form and language;
  • some of the ways in which texts are interpreted by different readers;
  • some of the ways in which texts relate to one another;
  • the contexts in which texts are written.

The course was re-designed in 2008, and has been delivered very successfully at A/S and A2. Thedepartment is keen that our students experience as broad an experience of literature as possible, and for this reason we have balanced classical and modern texts.

Throughout the course we teach independent study to our students, and introduce them to critical sources so that they are fully prepared for the rigour of higher education.

Literature is a subject that requires students to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. The specification followed by the department at St Mary's provides a framework for exploration of such issues.

Entry requirements

B in English Literature.


40% coursework. 60% 2 x 2 hour examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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