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The study of English Literature at St. Saviour’s and St. Olave’s is challenging, exciting and extremely rewarding. Last year 100% of our students achieved A*-C grades. On account of the demanding nature of this course, with opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and communication skills to an advanced level, this prestigious subject is highly valued by universities and employers alike. It provides good evidence of a capacity for independent study, research and analysis, suitable for university courses such as law, medicine and education.

English Literature at A Level

The study of English Literature at AS and A2 is challenging, exciting and extremely rewarding. On account of the demanding nature of this course, with opportunities for students to develop their critical thinking and communication skills to a high level, this prestigious subject is highly valued by universities and employers alike. In terms of the rigorous academic skills it requires, the subject also helps to develop skills that are necessary in the study of law, medicine and education.

Breadth of Study.

The course (Specification A) is validated by AQA and will build upon and extend the language and literature-based skills acquired at GCSE. As shown below, this course will enable you to study a range of genres and historical periods. You will also have the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the works of individual writers – modern and canonical.

AS Units

Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry

Love though the Ages: Prose

A Level Units

Love through the Ages:  Shakespeare and Poetry;  Love though the Ages: Prose

World War 1 and its Aftermath: one prose text, one poetry text and one drama text

Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

 

 

 

 

 

How You Will Learn.

Central to any rigorous programme of study, you will be expected to undertake a great deal of private reading and research. In addition, you will be supported in the classroom through a wide range of teaching methods, including teacher-led discussions, group-work, peer-presentations and drama exercises. All of this will enable you to develop your skills of close-reading and your powers of expression, both oral and written.

The Value of Studying English Literature.

The course will enable you to question, analyse and evaluate the world around you, to explore how literary texts reflect attitudes and values in society, and to understand how language is central to concepts of self and community. Can you really afford to miss this opportunity?

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