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English Literature

There are many benefits to studying English Literature. You will study a range of literary texts including poetry, prose and drama. These texts will cover both pre and post 19th Century. This is a two year course which is examined at the end of the two years.

The course allows you to develop your independent learning skills and increase your analysis and evaluation of texts – all skills that prepare students for University life and the world of work.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and English Literature. 

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

This course provides an ideal background for English studies at University and complements ALL subjects well. At the same time it is suitable for students leaving directly for employment and training at 18.

The course allows students to develop their independent learning skills and increase their analysis and evaluation of texts – all skills that prepare students for University life and the world of work.

Careers where English Literature is considered desirable include: Law, Journalism, Publishing, Human Resources and Teaching.

COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT

COURSE CONTENT

Assessment

The first exam is 2 hours 30 minutes. It is closed book and worth 40% of the total marks. In Section A you respond to a Shakespeare text (currently The Tempest or Hamlet). The first part of the question asks you to analyse a given extract from the play; you will need to analyse effects of Shakespeare’s choices of language, structure and form. The second part of the question focuses on the whole play; you will need to respond to a given view of the play. In Section B you will have to answer 1 question from a choice of 6 – all questions give a view on literature – you need to respond to the view by comparing the two texts studied (one poetry text and one play written pre-1900 – currently Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale and either John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi or Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband).

The second exam is 2 hours 30 minutes. It is closed book and worth 40% of the total marks. For the first task you will be given an (unseen) extract from the Gothic genre and will need to analyse the passage, relating your discussion to your reading of the Gothic. For the second task you will have choice of three questions; you will need to compare the two studied novels in response to a view on the Gothic. We currently study Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber for this unit.

There are two coursework tasks worth 20% of the total marks. The first task is a written analysis of a poem (focusing on language, structure and form). The second task is a thematic comparative essay of a play and a prose text (currently The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams).

Additional Costs

Students must buy their own copies of texts (between £6.00 and £9.00 per text). Over the course of the year there may be trips – theatre trips and conferences cost approximately £30 plus transport.

English Department

Subject Leader Ms V Johnston
Assistant Subject Leader KS3 Miss N Mackie
Assistant Subject Leader KS4 Ms L Rolfe                                         
Assistant Subject Leader KS5 Mrs J Brown
  Mrs E Browne
  Mrs A Ellershaw
  Mr M Evans
  Miss E Hicks
  Mrs S Kay - Head of Sixth Form 
  Miss C King
  Mrs L O'Boyle
  Mrs J Shelley
  Mrs C Simler (Maternity Leave)
  Mrs C Trump
  Mrs L Turnbull
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