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English Literature is offered as an option at A level. It is a difficult A level but is hugely well respected by top universities since it is so challenging. Students will be required to read a range of texts and will be assessed by coursework and exams. It is imperative that students who choose to take up English Literature A level are avid readers and can write fluently and coherently. We require students to have a grade 6 in both GCSE Language and Literature.
Students will study four texts which will all be examined. They will take the AS exam at the end of the year which does not involve coursework. There are two exams, both focussing on engaging texts through the lens of tragedy. The class will be split between two teachers (Mr Morgan and Mr Bohan). In the autumn term, students will study Othello with Mr Bohan and A selection of John Keats’s longer poetry with Mr Morgan. In the second term, students will study the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller with Mr Bohan and the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald with Mr Morgan.
Students who choose to move onto the full A level will study three texts through the lens of ‘Political and Social Protest Writing’ for the exam and produce two coursework essays. The coursework essays are allowed to be on any books the students have read but they must be examined through ideas presented in a critical anthology. They will be given guidance and the option of reading poetry by W.H. Auden and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter which will be taught by Mr Morgan. The texts they will study for the exam will be The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake. The AS mark does not count towards the A level so students who carry on to A level will also be examined on the year 12 texts, Othello, Death of a Salesman and The Keats poetry. There will be class time given over to revision of these texts.