English Literature

What will I study

You will study a range of texts including plays, prose and poetry. You will study critical theories and social and historical contexts. The texts you will study include a Shakespeare play. pre-1900 poetry, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Streetcar Named Desire, Atonement and Feminine Gospels.

How will I be assessed

You will sit 2 papers. Paper 1 will have a Shakespeare question and a question in which you will compare Atonement and pre-1900 poetry. There is also an unseen poetry question on paper 1.

Paper 2 has a questions that allow students to write about one main text and compare two others. This paper also has a question on unseen prose.

Why study A Level English Literature

English Literature is recognised as an academic subject. The ability to communicate articulately, analyse closely and research independently are taught, honed and perfected throughout the course. These skills are greatly desired by employers. The course will ensure that you are well prepared to study English Literature at degree level and, subsequently, English graduates are qualified to enter a range of careers: teaching,
writing, advertising, publishing, journalism and many more. English Literature is also viewed positively by many other essay-based degree courses, should you decide not to pursue the subject.

Entry requirements

Standard Grace Academy 6th Form entry requirements.
Grade 6 OR above in GCSE English Literature

It can lead to careers such as:

Media and journalism, publishing, teaching, advertising, marketing, PR. Even careers such as business and Law.