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Why study English Literature?

English Literature develops the vital analysis skills which are applicable across a range of careers and university courses. The course provides an opportunity to study a variety of texts in depth, offering the chance to hone skills of analysis and argument. Students pursuing this course will enhance their knowledge of a range of texts – including prose, poetry and drama – across the ages, whilst engaging with challenging literary concepts and theory.

Course content/Outline - Year 12:

Component 1: Poetry
Section A:
The Selected Poems of John Keats
Section B:
Mean Time, by Carol Ann Duffy and Whitsun Weddings, by Philip Larkin.

Component 2:  Drama
Section B: Drama

The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster and A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams 

Course content/Outline - Year 13:

Component 3: Unseen Poetry & Prose
Section A:
Unseen Poetry
Section B:
Unseen Prose

Component 4: Independent Prose Study

Harriet Said and Notes on a Scandal – a comparison essay of two novels (coursework), of 2500-3500 words

The text(s) for the current year 12s are to be arranged in time for year 13

What career opportunities are there?

English Literature is a prestigious academic subject that is highly regarded by the top universities. It offers transferable skills such as written and spoken communication, linguistic and analytical skills. These competencies apply to other disciplines and complement most other A Level choices. Career opportunities include Journalism, Teaching, Law, Social Work, Media, Marketing, Politics and a whole host of others.

Syllabus: English Literature


Examination Board: WJEC

More information: Miss E Leslie / Dr S Purchase