English Literature is a very popular subject at A level with an average 50 students per year. In 2015-16 we will be offering the AS qualification as a stand-alone award, helping students to develop their GCSE skills before moving on to more complex questions of analysis, interpretation and evaluation when they study for the full A Level in 2016. Students are expected to study a minimum of 10 texts over the full course, but results have shown the benefit of wider reading, and all potential students must enjoy reading and sharing their responses in group discussion.
All employers and universities recognise the value of English Literature. It will develop your ability to read complex texts, write fluently and express yourself confidently in discussion and argument. These skills are useful in most careers and many English graduates enter the law, management, marketing, government, journalism, broadcasting and teaching.
In addition to the school’s general entrance criteria, students must have GCSE English Language and Literature at Grade B or above. Students will be required to attend a bridging course in July after completion of GCSEs, and read a number of texts over the summer.