English Literature

Overview

English Literature takes you on journeys few subjects can match; anywhere you can think of, in fact. We’ll travel through time, look deep into human emotions, explore the lives of fantastical characters you will never meet and yet, through the power of your imagination, you will come to feel you know so well.

What we’ll study

On this course you will develop impressive reading, writing and analysis skills as you study a wide range of texts, including poetry, plays and novels. The texts we’ll be studying include Mean Time (Duffy), The Whitsun Weddings (Larkin), The Color Purple (Walker), Dr Faustus (Marlowe), Hamlet (Shakespeare), Enron (Prebble).

The texts we will explore will give you a sense of how people felt in different eras, from different cultures, from around the world. Your eyes will be opened to new ways of thinking and viewing the world.

There are also many opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, including theatre visits and talks from writers and universities. It goes without saying that you should be ready to enjoy a great deal of reading.

Your future

Previous students now work in a wide range of fields, such as law, education, journalism, writing, broadcasting, politics, acting and lecturing. Careers in editing, PR, marketing or publishing are all love-of-literature professions and, of course, there are more traditional choices, like becoming a writer or a teacher.

How you’ll be assessed

In this course 80% of the marks come from exam assessments (taken at the end of the second year) and 20% from coursework.

Factfile

Level: A Level

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature.

English Literature takes you on journeys few subjects can match; anywhere you can think of, in fact. We’ll travel through time, deep into human emotions, exploring the lives of fantastical characters you will never meet and yet, through the power of your imagination, you will come to feel you know so well.

If you have a passion for reading and love stories then this course is for you. This subject partners well with a host of others, which you might be studying at A Level or want to study at university.

Great subjects to partner English Literature A Level:

Modern Foreign Languages, History, Politics, Film Studies, Media Studies, Theatre Studies, Psychology, Languages, Sociology.

If you’d like to discuss whether this course is right for you, please get in touch.

Contact: Mr M Weatherall

Email: mwe@holycross.ac.uk

For more information contact

Name: Mr M. Weatherall
Email: mwe@holycross.ac.uk
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