A Level English Literature at Danum Academy
English Literature involves detailed study and analysis of plays, novels and poetry from the fourteenth century to the present. You will cover a wide variety of texts, from a range of historical periods. You will study at least one Shakespeare play, in great detail, and (usually) a 19th century novel, a poetry selection, and a 20th century play. Some texts will be chosen by your group, and some for wide reading you choose for yourself. Your knowledge and understanding will be examined through a combination of formal written examinations and a folder of coursework assignments.
Degree courses in English Literature, including a vast range of specifications, are widely available, and can lead on to almost any career involving personal relationships (after all, studying characters in books is good practice for handling real people) - notably personnel, management, the ``caring`` professions, librarianship, law. But most of our students use English Literature as a supporting subject at `A` Level: it complements any Arts subjects, and the techniques developed of forming hypotheses and then justifying them by detailed textual analysis are essentail for any further or higher level study.
English Literature lessons are ``discussed-based`` - i.e. you will spend many of you lessons exchanging ideas, arguing about interpretation, and practising the required level of linguistic or critical vocabulary, through oral work. English courses are not for ``shrinking violets``, or for students who want to sit quietly taking notes.
You will have a considerable amount of private reading to do, and you have to be sufficiently motivated and organised to plan and submit your own work. A substantial proportion of the work for the course is individually negotiated and supervised through tutorials.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Danum Academy directly.