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English Literature

What is English Literature?

English Literature is the study of poetry, prose and drama from a variety of different historical periods. You will analyse texts aesthetically, stylistically and politically as we look at their impact and beauty, their mastery of the English language and the importance of their meanings in contributing to the experience of what it means to be human.
You will study English literary heritage beginning with Chaucer and moving onto Shakespeare and Webster, through to more current texts by Philip Larkin and Carol Ann Duffy. You will look at works that are serious, comic, fantastic, controversial, ground breaking and shocking, covering major canonical works from a range of genres.

What Will You Study?

You will study a range of texts, including the poetry of Philip Larkin and Carol Ann Duffy, and Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale’. Drama texts include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Most of the examinations are closed book, therefore a love of reading and an independent approach to study is essential for this subject.

What Next?

Popular degree courses chosen by past students have included English Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing and Drama at top universities such as Lancaster, Oxford, Durham, Edinburgh, Bristol and York.

We regularly receive positive feedback from universities regarding the calibre of our students. Students who have studied English Literature at A Level have progressed to a broad range of careers including teaching, journalism and marketing to name just a few! We even have some past students training with us within the department to become English teachers.

Exam Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

English Language, History, Politics, Philosophy, Law, Psychology, Sociology and Modern Foreign Languages.

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