English Literature A Level at Drapers' Academy
You will be expected to read critical books depending on what you are studying. You will find that the skills you learned at GCSE level are relevant but they provide the “foundation”; the knowledge and understanding needed to respond to new and challenging texts will have to be learned and applied effectively.
You will have to work independently and ensure that you come fully prepared to all lessons. This will involve extensive background reading and often demands for you to ‘lead’ the discussion based on your reading or research.
You will have to write coherently, using specialist terminology. There is no room for poor grammar or inadequate ideas based on poor research or preparation. Your essays need to demonstrate ability to communicate accurately, your knowledge, understanding and judgements of texts.
The reading and website lists are designed to help you improve your understanding and skills in this subject.
- Anthology: Love Through the Ages Pre-1900
- The Great Gatsby
- The War Poems of Wilfred Owen (ed. Jon Stallworthy)
- My Boy Jack
- Plus coursework on your own choice of texts
To do the best you can in this course, you can begin by:
- Reading all literature; non-fiction and critical works World War One, looking at a wide range of texts on ‘Love through the ages,’ learn to read critical books which will help you explore alternative ideas and viewpoints, particularly in reference to the
novels or poems you will be studying.
- Joining a library.
- Reading such publications as E Magazine and The English Review.
- Meeting all homework and coursework deadlines.
- Attending compulsory screening of core texts.
- Responding to your teachers’ comments and advice about how to improve your performance in this subject.
It is preferred that all candidates have at least a 6 in English Literature and Language GCSEs.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Drapers' Academy directly.