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Course description

English Literature is an excellent opportunity to indulge a passion for Literature.  Students read a wide range of texts and are encouraged to explore texts and their contexts through different lenses in order to open up new and exciting interpretations.


Course content

Students focus on Shakespeare, poetry, drama and a range of prose texts and extracts over the course of two years.  They will explore connections between different literary texts; demonstrate an understanding of the significance of the social and historical contexts in which they are written and they will also have the opportunity to write an extended criticism of texts, examining a theme/idea of their choice.



Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at Grade 4 or above.  (English Literature and English Language at 5).


Paper 1 and Paper 2 are assessesd through a 2.5 hour examination.

There is a non-examined coursework element (NEA) worth 20% of the final mark, entitled 'Theory and Independence' which involves analysis of critical standpoints in relation to texts.  You will study two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology.  You will then produce two essays of 1,250 - 1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the critical anthology.  One essay can be re-creative.  The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Financial information

There will be costs incurred for trips to the theatre and places with literary connections to the set texts.

Future opportunities

Careers in creative arts, journalism, media and teaching. English Literature allows progression on to a wide range of degree courses.

Further information

Contact: Mrs Booth

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course