What is English Literature?
English Literature is the study of a variety texts such as:
- Shakespeare: ‘King Lear’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Othello’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Twelfth Night’
- Prose Post 1900: ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan or ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker
- Prose Pre 1900: ‘What Maisie Knew’ by Henry James or ‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens
- Drama: ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde, ‘Doctor Faustus’ by Christopher Marlowe or ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
- Poetry: Pre and post 1900 poets will be studied. These may include the works of: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, John Keats, Christina Rossetti, T.S. Elliot or Philip Larkin.
Why Study English Literature?
Excellent Employment Prospects
- English Literature is a flexible and adaptable subject that opens up a wide range of career choices.
- Graduates in English and
English Literature possess skills
in written and spoken
independently and thinking
critically, which are highly
valued by employers.
- English graduates perform well as most other graduate groups in finding employment and seem better at securing graduate level jobs.
- Contrary to popular belief, teaching is not the main occupation of English graduates! Many go into general management, research and consultancy, and the public services as well as publishing and the creative industries.
Personal Satisfaction and Development
- Two years in the Sixth Form and a further three years at University is a long time to study something you don’t enjoy. English students are involved in, challenged and exhilarated by their studies. They enjoy great opportunities to debate issues in stimulating ways.
- English Literature courses offer opportunities to develop your personal interests and enthusiasms—especially a love of reading—as well as time to think about a range of personal, cultural and historical issues.
- Study of English Literature is commonly combined with other Humanity subjects: history, religious studies; it works well with social sciences such as psychology and sociology; it supports other language studies and is often the best subject to support further studies in art and music. It is vital for analytical study in degrees such as law and politics, philosophy and cultural studies.
What Will I Learn?
AS English Literature
At AS level you will build upon the skills that you have acquired at G.C.S.E. You will study a range of poetry, drama and prose from different centuries. You will have 2 examinations at the end of the course.
A2 English Literature
At A2 level you will explore a range of new texts including Shakespeare (as well as revisit some of the texts studied at AS level) in order to improve your close reading skills. You will also be asked to compare texts and carry out research. Assessment will take the form of both exams and coursework.
What Do I Need to Study English Literature?
Grade B or above in GCSE English
Language or English Literature.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Ms O Tattum, Head of Sixth Form
0161 212 1930
Ms E Kirkham, Subject Leader for English