KS5 Literature

Students studying English Literature will study a wide range of texts including drama, poetry, prose and Shakespeare. In addition to analysis and critical responses to texts and drama productions, students will also develop the skills of practical criticism and comparison between texts.

Skills and Qualifications

Students will need to have:

  • A willingness to read widely around the subject/ set texts
  • Enjoyment of reading for pleasure
  • Enjoyment of expressing their own responses to Literature through class discussion and through writing
  • At least a grade 5 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.

By studying this subject you will:

  • Develop your interest and enjoyment in literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically
  • Learn to develop your own responses effectively through speech and writing
  • Reflect on your own and other people’s responses with understanding and discrimination
  • Develop your use of critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination
  • Broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of individual texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Method of Assessment

We follow the AQA A level specification. Assessment comprises:

  • Two external examinations (one of 3 hours and one of 2 hours 30 minutes), worth 80% of the final mark
  • Non exam assessment totalling 2500-3000 words, worth 20% of the final mark.

Career Implications

English Literature has been traditionally seen as one of the academic A Levels. Universities and employers alike recognise it as an indication of your overall ability and potential. In further education, the combinations offered of English and another subject such as History or Philosophy is almost never-ending. It is one of the most adaptable of A Levels, complementing your other choices whether they are Sciences, Arts or Social Sciences.

If you require any further information please see Miss Gipki.