English Literature GCSE

Great literature opens readers’ minds to a variety of themes and issues, and the  texts we teach are guaranteed to challenge the way you think about the world around you. You will learn about the society we live in and students often say they learn lots about themselves and their own attitudes and behaviours.
Through studying Literature, you will also develop your writing skills – something which will help you in all of your subjects.

English Literature is designed to encourage students to engage critically with and explore a variety of texts across the major genres including modern texts as well as classic literature.

Course content

You will read, discuss and write about novels, plays and poetry. You will improve your skills in building an argument and finding supporting evidence for your ideas.
You will learn to read and engage critically with literature. Students often say that the books they read whilst studying English Literature are the best they’ve ever read, and you’ll be encouraged to enjoy a variety of texts (including modern texts, Shakespeare and 19th Century novels) through fun and innovative teaching and learning.

In English Literature, you’ll study texts such as ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and a cluster of poems.

English Literature A Level

A Level English Literature has a high academic reputation in most areas of employment and with universities and colleges. The course is expected to produce people who are well read and are capable of expressing themselves fluently. These skills are useful in a wide range of degrees, from Law and Medicine, to careers in media and education.

A Level English Literature offers a clear progression from GCSE and encourages
independent study of a wide variety of texts within a shared context. The A Level Literature course allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research. These are skills which are valuable for both further study and future employment.
The course offers an excitingly wide variety of texts in terms of genres and authors, enriching students’ experience and appreciation of Literature. The A-level non-exam assessment component provides opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest and develop personal and independent learning skills.

Entry Requirements

Skills Required

  • A passion for Literature.
  • Be a keen reader and enjoy being challenged by more complex English concepts.
  • Be a critical thinker who is willing to engage in analysis, literary theory and debate about Literature texts.
  • Be able to work well independently and with others.
  • Be able to manage your time effectively.
  • To have an aptitude to write fluently and accurately.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English Literature at grade 7 or above.
  • Four other GCSEs at grade 5 (or equivalent) or above.
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