If you love literature, this course will give you a great excuse to read to your heart’s content! Then you can 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 2020
Location: Bede Sixth Form
During the course you will read and study eight texts, including Othello, Death of a Salesman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Kite Runner, and a collection of poems by John Keats and William Blake.
We will explore literature 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, including choosing two texts for your coursework.
This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. You will complete your coursework during Year 2 and sit two exams at the end of Year 2.
We will provide you with copies of the texts required. You may want to buy your own copies so that you can annotate them. You will need to equip yourself with stationery items and invest in recommended study guides.
Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.
Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.
English Literature is a subject that leads into and supports many different careers. Students go on to study a wide range of degrees; a degree in English can lead to careers that are related to the fields of Law, Media, Administration; Publishing; Health Care; Education and the Leisure industry. Former students have gone on to study a range of degrees. Leal is now at Glasgow University doing English literature; both Lily and Eve have gone to Nottingham University: Eve to study English and Creative Writing, Lily to study American Studies and History; Melissa went to Durham to study Law.
- We get excellent results! We have had an A-level pass rate of 100% for the last two years and for A/S level the last three years.
- Dedicated teachers who offer lots of support and enrichment, including the opportunity to enter creative writing competitions.
- We also go on theatre trips and to supplement the course. Previous trips include visits to London to see Dr Faustus, an RSC live screening of Othello in College, trips to Newcastle to see The Kite Runner and Othello and a trip to Liverpool to see Othello.
“I left another college after lack of support, I didn’t feel like I was improving, I wanted to get a grade ‘A’. My friend said the English Literature teacher at Bede was really good so I transferred here. The teacher explains clearly how to improve my essays, I can see what I need to do to get a high grade, I’m glad I decided to start again at Bede.”
“The teacher is the best part of the course, she is on your case – but in a good way, I need to be pushed and with her support I hope to get a high grade.”
“I decided to do English Literature at Bede because of the choice of texts which I liked more than those offered at other colleges. I adore the tragedy texts we studied in the first year but I’ve absolutely enjoyed the social-political texts as I want to go into politics after university.”