The A Level English Literature course develops further the analytical skills acquired during the GCSE course, delving much deeper into the subtlety and dynamics of prose, poetry and drama.

Texts for study are drawn from a range of historical periods as well as the present day.  Such a time scale allows for a fascinating variety of material.  Students will study the work of William Shakespeare – his genius, his lyrical lines and inventive choice of words; his warmth and understanding of the human condition.  Contemporary writers are also represented on the course.  The social context of literary work will be a further focus, involving the examination of how interpretation of text changes through time and according to circumstance.

The two year course will cover the following topic areas:

  • Paper 1: Love through the Ages
    Study of three texts: one poetry (AQA Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages pre-1900), one prose text (‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald) and one Shakespeare play (‘Othello’)
  • Paper 2:Texts in Shared Contexts
    Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams, ‘The Help’ by Katherine Stockett, Poetry Selection
  • Non-exam assessment:
    Independent Critical Study of two texts at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 (‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier and one other text)

Transition Summer Work (Literature)