English Literature

Entrance Requirements

A G5 in English Literature.

English Literature is an engaging and thought provoking subject; the course is designed to open the mind to new ideas and ways of thinking. It’s about people and their lives; it’s about making connections between the past and the present and understanding how writers influence us. It is designed for those who possess an ability to analyse language and who love reading. You need to be willing to discuss your ideas and listen to those of others – strong opinions are always welcome!

What does the course involve?

The course centres around the study of the three genres: poetry, prose and drama.

Component 1: Drama 30%

Shakespeare: King Lear and Other Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 2: Prose 20%

The Handmaid’s Tale and Frankenstein

Component 3: Poetry 30%

Metaphysical Poetry and post-2000 poetry compared to unseen poetry

Component 4: Coursework 20%

Students produce one comparative assignment 2500-3,000 words

Another stimulating and enjoyable aspect of the course is attending performances of the texts we study and engaging with academics and experts in the field. Most recently we have travelled to Cheltenham Literary Festival to a talk on Mary Shelley by her biographers; been to Malvern Theatre to see “King Lear” and attended A Level Lectures in Birmingham run by Sovereign Education.

"Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart." —Salman Rushdie

English Literature has the power to make those who engage in it more tolerant, sophisticated, civilised and creative. It helps you develop communication skills, cultural knowledge and the power of independent thought. These skills encourage a versatility of approach and breadth of response which could prove to be a blessing in an age in which you may change career several times. The obvious career paths that lead from it are teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising and law.

Every year students go on to study English Literature at a range of universities - including Cambridge.

"I love English Literature because we draw parallels between the writers’ worlds and modern life. I have been able to develop my interest in reading and thinking critically. I also enjoy arguing my point of view and expressing my own opinions!" Isobel Brieley, Year 13