English Literature

Entry Requirements:
At least 5 GCSEs Graded 9-4 or A* to C including English. 5/B grade in GCSE English Language and/or GCSE Literature preferred.

Why Should You Take This Course?
If you love reading, watching plays and listening to poetry then English Literature is the ideal course for you. We will be reading novels, plays and poetry written at different periods of history. We will analyse what ideas they convey and how they are written. The course will develop your ability to read literature thoughtfully and write effectively about it.
Enrichment opportunities: trip to Florence, Italy (A Room with a View); theatre trips; visiting the Yorkshire Dales (Hughes and Bronte); visiting speakers/writers (including an in-house Literature Conference).

Course content
In Year 1, you will study:
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (Prose)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Prose)
Selected Poetry by Ted Hughes (Poetry)
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (Drama)
In Year 2, you will study:
Shakespeare text - Hamlet
Poetry Pre-1900 - Christina Rossetti
Poetry Post 1900 - Comparing Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
Drama Pre-1900 - Webster's The Duchess of Malfi
Drama Post 1900 - Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire
We will also explore unseen extracts from 1880-1910 and 1918-1939
Coursework (Non-Examined Assessment) - Comparative essay on Jane Eyre or A Room with a View and Atonement

How will I be assessed?
AS - Two exams at the end of the year
A2 - Three exams and the Non-Examined Assessment

Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised which texts they will need to purchase for the course all of which are readily available from booksellers and on-line sites.

What could I do next?
A Level English Literature is a facilitating subject according to the Russell Group universities. It is a respected degree subject in Higher Education and can open the door to a variety of careers, including journalism, teaching, the Civil Service, etc.

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