English Literature at Brighouse High School
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot
Do you enjoy losing yourself and then finding yourself once again, but finding yourself not quite the same as you were? Have you ever felt at a loss to describe and understand your own emotional conflicts and those of people around you, only to discover a writer has communicated your feelings exactly?
English Literature will challenge you to think about how you look at the world around you and to question our place in it. It is a qualification that will equip you with a fresh outlook on the world, develop your higher-order thinking and analytical skills, as well as giving you a good basis for going on to a wide range of professions.
A highly sought-after qualification when applying for University places and one which fits in with and complements almost any line of academic study, English Literature will help you question, analyse and understand the human condition as put into words by some of the greatest minds in history.
Year 12 Course Content:
Literary Genres - Drama
You will study either ‘Aspects of Tragedy’ or ‘Aspects of Comedy’ through the study of one Shakespeare play and one further drama text.
If you complete the AS standalone qualification you will be assessed by a written exam by one closed book examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Literary Genres – Prose and poetry
You will again study either ‘Aspects of Tragedy’ or ‘Aspects of Comedy’ through the study of one prose text and one poetry text.
If you complete the AS standalone qualification you will be assessed by a written exam by one open book examination of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Year 13 Course Content:
Paper 1: Literary Genres
You will study either ‘Aspects of Tragedy’ or ‘Aspects of Comedy’ through the study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. The assessment is by a closed book written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes.
Paper 2: Texts and Genres
You will study either ‘Elements of Crime Writing’ or ‘Elements of Political Writing’ through the study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. The examination will include an unseen passage. The assessment is by an open book written exam of 3 hours.
Non-exam assessment – Theory and Independence
This part of the course involves the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology. The assessment requires the completion of two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology.
Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.
A minimum of a B grade is required in English language / minimum of a C grade is required in English literature.
Assessment: 2 exams and 1 coursework submission at the end of two years of study in May/June 2018
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.