English

Some people think that there is no point in taking English Literature ‘A’ level unless you want to be an English teacher! How wrong could they be? Professions, such as publishing, the law (via a conversion course), acting, media relations, arts administration, event planning, marketing, public relations and sales executives, are all accessible from the study of English Literature at university.

Whatever your future pathway, English Literature is one of the high status subjects which university admissions tutors and employers are looking for. And no wonder. As a result of taking this course, you will develop your communication skills, both verbal and written; you will understand how others use language to manipulate, and how you can do the same in order to succeed. So if you seek a job in which communication is at its heart, this course is for you.

You will leave with the ability to analyse, to think critically and to research and evaluate effectively. A personal response to literature is paramount in the course we study, and you will be involved in a great deal of discussion to explore the ways in which writers use language to deliberate effect. Through the way that you study you will develop good team work skills and your enhanced empathy will stand you in good stead in any walk of life.

On top of all of this, you will have a greater understanding of your cultural heritage and greater general knowledge. Obviously, you need to be a keen reader and competent writer to make the most of this course. You will study a wide range of literature from Shakespeare to contemporary writers, and enjoy plays, poems and novels. There is an opportunity to follow your own interests when you respond to the Non Examined Assessment, choosing two texts to compare (within the parameters of the exam board specification) and devising your own title with the support of your teacher. You will be taught by two teachers, so benefitting from the varied interests, experiences and skills of each of them. The exam is taken at the end of the two year course.