English Literature

Entry Requirements:

At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-5 including English, grade 5/6 or above in GCSE English Language and/or Literature required.

Why Should You Take This Course?

If you love reading, watching plays and listening to poetry then this is the ideal course for you. We will be reading novels, plays and poetry written at different periods of history, analysing what ideas they convey and how they are written. We unpick the way writers create meaning using language; the ways they explore human behaviour; and give us an insight into the world we live in. Understanding the context of the texts we are studying is central to our analysis. We research and learn about the different historical periods of each text in order to see how these influences illuminate the text. For example, understanding how life in Victorian England affects the work of the poet Christina Rossetti.


We develop critical knowledge of the texts by reading the analysis and interpretations of literary critics. This might be a critic who commented on the text at the time it was written or a critic writing today and looking back at the text, offering a new interpretation.

Course Content

  • Shakespeare text – Hamlet
  • Poetry Pre-1900 – Christina Rossetti
  • Poetry Post 1900 – Comparing Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
  • Drama Pre-1900 – John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi
  • Drama Post 1900 – Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Unseen prose extracts from 1880-1910 and 1918-1939
  • Coursework – Comparative essay on chosen prose texts from post 2000 and pre-2000

How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through externally assessed exams and non-examination assessment.

Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised which texts they need to purchase for the course.

What could I do next?
English Literature is a respected degree subject in Higher Education and can lead to a variety of careers, including journalism, teaching and the Civil Service.


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