English Literature

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • To have the opportunity to discuss your own views and ideas on literature as well as listen to those of others.
  • To further develop your knowledge and interest of literary texts from different genres and periods.
  • To improve your understanding of the literary contexts.
  • To develop a wide variety of skills that are highly regarded by both employers and universities, and which will complement many of your other courses at Priestley.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

A range of novels, poetry and drama from the 15th to the 21st century such as ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, ‘Measure for Measure’ and a poetry anthology looking at ‘Love through the Ages’.

Literary traditions and movements such as Jacobean Drama or Literary Modernism and the impact of contexts on the way texts are written and received.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – exam

Year 2 (A-Level) – 20% coursework, 80% exam

 

PROGRESSION

English Literature is favoured by top universities for its academic rigour and breadth of study. It will prepare you for careers, which require good communication skills, such as publishing, public relations, marketing, journalism, media, management, the legal profession, teaching and many others.