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English Literature

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Key Stage 5

English is perhaps the central arts discipline in that it concentrates almost entirely on training the mind for a systematic engagement with texts. It is a highly demanding but immensely rewarding A level for which pupils will need open minds and sensitivity to the nuances of written style. The nature of the course means that empathy and powers of analysis will be developed, as will independence of thought.

Year 12/13
What will I Study?

The OCR Specification offers a broad and challenging range of reading from a variety of periods and sources; it encourages pupils to read independently and to develop analytical skills, flair and accuracy in their writing and in spoken discussion.

How will I be assessed?

In the coursework unit the pupil studies and compares two modern novels (post 1900). This year we have selected Atonement by Ian McEwan and Small Island by Andrea Levy. There is also a close study of a short text, to demonstrate the candidate’s ability to analyse. This year we have studied a range of modern poetry for this part of the course. The other part of the course is an examination for which the pupil studies a selection from the works of a poet and one set novel. This year’s poet is WB Yeats and the novel in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

Future opportunities
Almost all universities offer a first degree in English or English Studies as an element in a single, joint or combined honours degree. American Studies is a popular option, offering literary studies combined with History and Politics. The critical/appreciative skills developed in English are important for language pupils and for those who wish to follow Film or Media Studies.

English is not a narrowly vocational discipline and a degree in English will allow a graduate an extremely wide range of career opportunities ranging from the Civil Service to advertising, and from education to publishing. The English Department prides itself in offering a range of extra-curricular activities – writing, theatre trips, debating, which enhance our pupils’ prospects.

What are the entry requirements?
At least BB: English and English Literature

Whilst English Literature traditionally goes alongside Languages, History and other ‘essay subjects’ as well as Art, some of our best candidates have studied it alongside Mathematics and sciences. It is a subject for the generalist as well as the literary specialist.

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