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: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

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. You will also choose two texts for your coursework unit.

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.

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.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths.

A passion for reading old and modern dramas, novels and poetry, a willingness to participate in class discussions, and an open mind to embrace views that challenge your own.

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.

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.

Here’s what some of our former students have gone on to do:

  • Leanne: A* – Newcastle University, English and Creative writing
  • Clare: A* – Bristol University, English Literature
  • Amber: A* – Newcastle University, English Literature
  • Grace: A – Art Foundation Course
  • Leal: A – Gap Year – University to study English Literature
  1. Amazing results
  2. Dedicated teachers that offer lots of support
  3. A course that has students’ interests and needs at its core.

“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.”

You can choose any combination of courses that you like. We think this subject goes particularly well with almost all subjects, and some students study it alongside English Language, History, Classics and Law.

London trips to see Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.

Four-day trip to London.

RSC live screening of Othello in college.

Trip to Newcastle to see The Kite Runner.

Trip to Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre to see Othello.

Opportunity to enter creative writing competitions.