English Literature

What will I study?

Words matter. Wars are started over them. Great love affairs happen because of them. Studying English literature will give you the chance to read, think and discuss. In a world filled with 140 characters, Instagram and Snapchat, how often do you get the chance to fully absorb yourself in a good book? From Dracula to The Handmaid’s Tale, A-level literature is about amazing novels, poems and plays. Through these great literary texts, students get to grips with a range of texts covering a range of important issues, helping them to think about the world around them and to question and consider everything. Our students are often creative writers, as well as enthusiastic readers and participate in a range of literary competitions. In addition, students will have access to a range of exciting theatre trips.

Literature that changes our world. Join us on the journey!

What do students do afterwards?

Last year, 100% of our students gained a grade C or above; 66% gained A/A* grades. Students have gone on to study English Literature, History, Psychology and Media-based degrees. Some are enjoying careers in the media, such as SKY and Channel 4 and others are continuing their studies at top establishments such as Oxford University.

How will I be assessed?

80% exam; 20% coursework.

What can I do to prepare?

Talk to other students who are already doing the course and ask them what they have done or wish they had done. Read widely; anything that takes your fancy and inspires you to think and discuss.

“Mrs Whelan is very informative and it’s a fun subject.” – Kheda Mustafayeva