English Literature A Level at West Hatch High School
Franz Kafka once wrote that a book can be “like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” If this is really so, then how might your A Level course in English Literature guide your journey beyond the castle’s outer walls?
Well, firstly, behind some of the doors you will encounter profound and thought-provoking characters, from William Shakespeare’s oppressed, vengeful Shylock to J. M. Coetzee’s dissembling, lustful Magistrate. Further inside, as you reflect upon social contexts such as Kafka’s pre-war Prague and Arthur Miller’s post-war America, some of the deepest of human truths will disclose themselves to you, bringing the lessons of the past to bear powerfully upon your own life. Within some of the castle’s final chambers you will read words so searing, so insightful — from Maya Angelou’s strident, hopeful poetry to David Foster Wallace’s witty, postmodern prose — that they will force you to envision anew the world beyond those very walls.
So, if you love reading, love talking about books, and love debating with smart people about deep, complex ideas, then English Literature could well be the subject for you.
Students must have a minimum of a B grade in English Literature GCSE.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Hatch High School directly.