English Literature AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College
English is one of the biggest departments in College, with large numbers opting to study it for A level, and afterwards for degree. Our aim is to foster a passion for language and literature through lively and engaging teaching, and a willingness to nurture individual interests and enthusiasms.
It is a thriving and busy environment that contains a wide variety of interests and experience. In addition to all our work inside the classroom, we also organise regular theatre trips, whether it be locally in Cheltenham, or further afield in London, Stratford, Malvern or Bristol. We also take great advantage of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, as well as having authors and journalists come and talk and share their experiences. Furthermore, the department runs a thriving Literary Society, for those who wish to broaden and deepen their understanding of literature and the Arts, and a Lower College reading club.
In Upper College (Years 12 and 13) there is good uptake of AS and A2; currently there are over sixty pupils studying English Literature (OCR) in Sixth Form. The course will attract all those who enjoy reading, talking and writing about a variety of texts, ranging from those by some of the earliest writers in the English canon, such as Chaucer, right up to contemporary work by living writers, such as McEwan, Duffy and Heaney.
Pupils will acquire a sense of the wide scope of literary texts, alongside an understanding of historical, cultural and critical perspectives on writers. They should be prepared to read widely across all the genres of literature, and to read critical and theoretical texts. It is also vital that they learn to use the opinions of major critics and theorists both to test their own opinions against and to gain a better understanding of the process of acute and illuminating analysis.
Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham College directly.