The main reason that you should study this course is because you have a love of literature. You will read widely and be expected to engage personally with the texts. You will develop your ability to offer informed, critical responses.
Course Content and Assessment
Drama 30%. The theme is 'tragedy' and will
include the study of one Shakespeare play and one 20th
century play. The chosen texts are 'A Streetcar Named
Desire' and 'Hamlet'.
Prose 20%. The theme is 'crime' and will
include the study of two texts, one of which will be pre-
1900. The chosen texts are 'In Cold Blood' and 'lady
Poetry 30%. To include the study of a
named poet and a selection of contemporary poetry. The
chosen poet is Phillip Larkin.
An extended comparative essay based
upon two texts linked by theme, movement, author or
Extending Your Experience
There will be opportunities to visit the theatre, attend
a poetry club and participate in literary events and
competitions. There will also be visits from university
lecturers and conferences designed to help in your study
of the English Literature course and the preparation for
the exams. Pupils will also be expected to read widely
and will be provided with an extended recommended
reading booklet to develop your passion for literature and
to broaden your knowledge and cultural understanding
through independent reading.
Normally, you will be expected to have GCSE English
Language or Literature at grade B or higher.
However, it might be possible to take this course if
you have GCSE Language or Literature at grade C.
Where will this Course take me?
GCSE Literature could be studied for its own sake. It
will provide you with some understanding of the
history of English Literature, an opportunity to read
widely and also to analyse and interpret texts at a
deeper level. The critical skills you develop, and the
ability to write fluently, are both valued by
university admissions officers. A literature degree will
help you to follow a career in journalism, publishing,
broadcasting and teaching