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English Literature

Why study English Literature?

Students who study English Literature have a wide variety of courses open to them at university. Students with an English degree have many careers to choose from including: Acting/Presenting, Accountancy, Advertising, Bookselling, Journalism, Law, Marketing, Media and Publishing.
If you enjoyed studying English at GCSE and would be interested in developing your knowledge of literature then this course is for you.

What will I study?

You will have the opportunity to go on theatre and field trips. Recent trips included a visit to Keats' house in Hampstead, an interactive workshop at the Globe Theatre and intensive study days with other A Level English Literature students at the Institute of Education in Euston.

AS Level

Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative. Students will study the narrative poetry of John Keats and Christina Rossetti along with two novels: 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini and 'The Great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald.
Unit 2: Dramatic Genres. Students will write two essays on plays: 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare and the other on 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams.

A2 Level

Unit 3: Texts & Genres. Students will study the 'Pastoral' genre and the play 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare, poetry 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' by William Blake and the novel 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' by Thomas Hardy.
Unit 4: Further & Independent Reading. Students will write one comparative essay on a taught text and one text of their choice as well as a critical reading essay where they choose a critical theory to produce a reading of a text of their choice.

Link to AQA English Literature website

How is the course assessed?

English teachers will moderate key tasks completed by students to ensure standards are accurate and consistent. AS and A2 Level is assessed by a portfolio of written coursework and an exam.

What grades do I need to study English Literature at HSC?

You will need at least five A* - C grades at GCSE with two B's in English and English Literature.