English Literature - A Level at The Latymer School
English Literature is a very popular subject choice at A Level. We follow the Eduqas (formerly WJEC) English Literature specification which offers the pupils a broad, engaging and challenging passage through the study of English Literature. We are proud of our lessons at A Level and pupils are well prepared for both the AS and A Level examinations which are taught concurrently. The curriculum explores texts from a wide range of social, historical and cultural contexts and seeks to develop the skills of reading and engaging with literary criticism at a high level.
The English Literature course includes the different components of Drama, Prose, Poetry, Unseen Poetry and Prose, and a Coursework element of one essay of 2500 – 3500 words. In the Drama unit, students study ‘Hamlet’ and compare Middleton’s ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’ with Joe Orton’s satirical and biting farce, ‘Loot.’ Milton’s epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ is taught alongside the poetry of Plath and Hughes and for the prose unit, students study ‘Jane Eyre,’ and Jean Rhys’ re-imagining of Bronte’s text, ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’. For the coursework, students re-visit ‘Jane Eyre’ and compare it to Ishiguro’s contemporary text ‘Never Let Me Go.’ For each of the units, students are guided to complement their own analyses with critical writings and contextual viewpoints.
Pupils are encouraged to read widely and independently throughout the two years. The course is rigorous and challenging; pupils will be expected to write essays, conduct further research and deliver presentations on aspects of the course. Many students go on to read English at university and benefit greatly from our ethos of nurturing independence and a sense of discovery in literature. The Department also provides excellent enrichment opportunities for A Level students to rummage beyond the curriculum – a key contributor of this is the English Enrichment Lecture Programme that invites speakers and lecturers to deliver talks on a range of writers and topics.
The Department also offers excellent support for students wishing to go on study English at university. We hold a number of additional sessions to help students prepare for the Oxbridge English entrance exams and provide mock interviews.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Latymer School directly.