English Literature

Why Study English Literature?

Whether you love the analysis and critical skills of literature or the eccentrics of drama in all its flamboyance, English Literature has it all. Together we explore some of the greatest works of literature and provide you with the opportunity to showcase your skills with both unseen poetry and prose extracts which provide the platform to highlight your ability in all its glory.

The freedom of coursework enables students to take control of their literary learning and write a piece unique to their own personal interests.

Course Content

In Year 12, you will study for AQA specification A paper 1, Love Through The Ages:

  • William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello, the Moor of Venice’. The play follows the premier villain from Shakespeare, Iago, and follows his psychological assassination of the great General Othello. The play is one of Shakespeare’s four tragedies and never fails to entice and mesmerise.
  • Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’. A classic novel following a cycle of love triangles; violence; failed marriages; entrapment and, ultimately, true love. One of the greatest love stories ever written (and at no point is it a stereotypical love scenario), set in the wild and free Yorkshire moors which serves as the perfect back drop for our protagonists who refuse to be mild or tamed in any way.
  • A selection of pre-1900 love poetry (do not for a second think this is cliché romanticised poetry. This selection considers the chase of the unattainable love; loving the wrong person; how people abuse love; the loss of love; lust and its consequences)
  • Unseen poetry
  • One piece of comparative NEA (coursework).

In Year 13, you will study for AQA specification A paper 2A, Texts in shared contexts: WW1 and its aftermath:

  • David Haig, Our Boy Jack. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem My Boy Jack, the play follows the tragedy of Kipling whose son died during the First World War.
  • Pat Barker, Regeneration. A historical and anti-war novel which includes real life characters at its heart: Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfrid Owen and their psychiatrist William Rivers. The novel follows the characters during their time at the psychiatric hospital Craiglockhart which is near Edinburgh. A fascinating novel which is impossible to put down, particularly given the haunting truths it presents.
  • A collection of the war poems of Wilfrid Owen. A classic analysis of the greatest war poet of all time.
  • Unseen prose.

We endeavour to enhance our curriculum through additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Wherever possible, we attend local theatre productions, we regularly attend university level lectures of our core texts and we even go to Yorkshire, the home of Emily Bronte, in order to deepen our understanding of the sensational and isolated writer.

Who should I speak to: Mrs C. Curry, Acting Assistant Headteacher and Curriculum Lead of English

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