English Literature

English literature is hundreds of years old and continues to be one of the most popular courses of study in schools and colleges.

During the academic year, your child will have the opportunity to read different texts whilst discussing themes, characters and literary techniques as well as the social and cultural contexts in which they were written. Your child will learn how to write and improve their literary essays skills

Other subjects can be organised on an individual basis. Please speak to the Admissions Officer for more details.

Course Length

One or two years.

Why study it and what skills does it develop?


Literature at GCSE is a tremendously exciting experience leading students to a greater and more informed enjoyment of literature and ultimately to a greater understanding of themselves, of others and of the world around them. The primary aim of the course is to encourage the candidate’s own response to literary texts, that enjoyment taking a variety of forms, both critical and imaginative.


A level

English Literature is a challenging and rigorous academic subject that will be well-respected by any university. It will develop your skills of textual analysis and critical interpretation. You will understand how to look beneath the surfaces of texts to draw out layers of meaning and how to express your thoughts in a clear and precise written form. It is a perfect complement to other essay-based subjects.


What prior knowledge and skills are required?


You need to take delight in the close reading and analysis of texts.


A level 

You will need at least a B in GCSE English. You will need a love of literature and the desire to study it in depth. Not all students beginning the course are particularly keen readers; it is hoped that they will become so by the end of the course!


How is the course structured?



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