English Literature

English Literature

If you love literature, this course will give you a great excuse to read to your heart’s content and then indulge yourself by discussing, thinking and writing about what you have read. This course offers something for every avid reader; you will examine great works of English Literature from the Romantic period through to the present day.


Duration: 2 years
Starting date: September 2018
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

Over the two years you will read and study eight texts: Othello; Death of a Salesman; The Handmaid’s Tale; The Kite Runner and a collection of poems by John Keats and William Blake. Two texts you will  choose for your coursework essays.


How will you learn?

Through paired, group and individual tasks designed to allow you to achieve a detailed understanding and appreciation of the texts. You will learn to research and present topics to small and large groups and write up your research for essay tasks.


How are you assessed?

You will take two exams at the end of your second year. You will complete your coursework folder during the first term of your second year of study.


You need:

A passion for reading old and modern dramas, novels and poetry. A willingness to participate in class discussions. An open mind to embrace views that challenge your own. A minimum of five GCSEs grade C/4 or above including English Literature.


What do you need to know?

English Literature is an established, traditional subject for high ranking Russell group universities, it is respected by employers in the UK and abroad and it complements the work of those who go down the science and humanities routes.


What’s next?

University courses in areas such as Law, Media, Journalism, Education and English. Future careers include teaching, public relations or you could work in a museum, library or theatre.


How do I apply/enrol? www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

Books will be provided but some students buy their own copies so that they can annotate them.


3 Reasons to join us

  1. Amazing results
  2. Dedicated teachers that offer lots of support
  3. A course that has students’ interests and needs at its core


Destinations and Progress:

  • Jessica: Leeds University English and History
  • Amirah: Surrey English Literature with Film Studies
  • Starr: York St John Education Studies
  • Morgan:  Northumbria English Language and Literature
  • Demi: York St John English Literature and English Language


Possible combination subjects:

English Literature goes well with English Language; History; Classics; Law. It complements almost all subjects.


What students say:

The teachers work hard for you and offer you lots of support. The course is hard but not if you love reading.

I got an A*, my teacher really pushed me and helped me.

My favourite subject, I want to study it at university and become an English lecturer.


Extra-curricular activities:

London trips to see Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.

Four day trip to London.

RSC live screening of Othello in college.

Participation in the college magazine.