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English Literature A-Level at Bridgnorth Endowed School

Course description

Literature is not only a window to the imagination of authors but also an essential way to understand the social and philosophical landscape that shapes their thoughts and their effect on the world and us. As Bertolt Brecht said, “Art (Literature) is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” By studying a range of literature, from Shakespeare to the best of post-modernism in the current day, and texts from all genres – drama, poetry and prose – you will not only appreciate the world you live in but the language and techniques used to describe and shape it. You will gain the necessary skills of analysis and insight to enable you to evaluate a range of texts and in developing your repertoire of expression you will be able to articulate your thoughts fully. By the time you begin the A2 course, you will be sufficiently confident to discuss texts from any era and genre independently and with confidence. The study of Literature involves extensive independent reading but to support this and place the texts in context there are opportunities for students to visit theatres in London and also Ypres and the Somme in Belgium and France. Studying Literature opens many career doors – notably in the fields of law, journalism, publishing, public relations, advertising, teaching and other roles where communication and understanding are essential.

Entry requirements

Grade C or equivalent in subject if studied at GCSE/Level 2

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgnorth Endowed School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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