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COMMITTED, EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED STAFF WITH A TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS.
WHAT YOU STUDY
The students will study a range of texts from different contexts and belonging to different genres. Texts in the first year will range from William Shakespeare’s Othello to Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and in the final year from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire to the Nobel prize-winning Seamus Heaney’s Selected Poems.
HOW YOU STUDY
The teachers will devise a range of activities to facilitate learning and this is based on students working independently inside and outside of the classroom. The critical reading of English Literature texts, beyond the set examination texts, will enhance the opportunity for students to develop their understanding of writers’ methods, the basis for success in English Literature.
Visits to the theatre for the study of the interpretation of texts are organised although students should, where possible, visit the theatre, art galleries, cinema and participate in other cultural opportunities as they arise.
The English department provides challenge and aims to develop confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts. The ability to self-reflect and approach texts with an open mind will challenge student preconceptions and the ways in which texts can be read.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
Success in studying English at university can lead to a variety of careers, not least in Law, Finance, Teaching and Media. Students trained to work independently, to think carefully, and to argue points of view succinctly and with precision are always in demand.
OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES
Students who have studied English literature A-level have gone on to successfully study Medicine, Pharmacy, Foreign Languages and Law.
The department has achieved significant success at A grade and at pass grade for many years. In 2013, 91% of the 35 students achieved an A*- B grade and 43% achieved an A*-A.
Students who have done well in this subject:
Juliano Zaffino (Oxford, 2013)
Ruth Griffin (University of Sheffield, 2013)
COMBINES WELL WITH
The development of independent learning and thinking skills are central to the study of this A-level and, thus, it possesses a significant value with regard to the student’s wider study skills.
Further, the development of skills relating to thinking clearly, logically and rationally, arguing a case by the marshalling of relevant evidence, make English Literature a suitable complement for a variety of A-level subjects.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Given the very demanding works of literature that must be studied independently, a grade B in English Literature would provide the basis for success.