English Literature allows students to read widely and independently, and engage with texts critically and creatively. You will develop your knowledge of literary analysis which will enable you to develop your own critical voice by exposing you to key authors and critics, and the way such writers have responded to texts and contexts.
Students are expected to have at least grade 5 in GCSE English Literature.
Learning & Assessment
Modules / Topics
Component 1: Drama
Section A: ‘King Lear’
Section B: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
Component 2: Prose - Crime and Detection
‘Lady Audley’s Secret’ by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote
Component 3: Poetry
Section A: Contemporary Poetry – Poetry of the Decade Anthology
Section B: Poetry Collections – The Romantics (1780-1830)
Component 4: Coursework - the Gothic genre
Students study ‘The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories’ by Angela Carter and a free choice of one other text.
Trips / Visits / Enrichment
Past students have visited local theatres and cinemas and been on trips to areas of literary interest (Whitby, Haworth, London). Visits have been made to the college by university lecturers, poets and writers. The subject is also enriched by book weeks, poetry weeks, Shakespeare week, a college magazine and a hugely successful creative writing group.
Assessments will be on-going throughout both years. This will consist of weekly assessments, formal assessments, and a mock exam.
At the end of Year 13 there will be three external exams:
Component 1: Drama Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes. 30%
Component 2: Prose Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes. 20%
Component 3: Poetry Written examination: 2 hours and 15 minutes. 30%
Component 4: Coursework 2500-3500 words. 20%
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