English Literature

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Course introduction

To understand human experience across history and in contemporary life we must look to its literature. Studying English Literature with us will provide you with the opportunity to explore a wide range of exciting poetry, prose and drama from different periods, as well as undertaking an independent coursework project inspired by your own reading interests.
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Chris Chandler
A level English Literature




You will also enjoy ‘reading around’ the texts, considering the interpretations of other readers and the times in which they were written and received. Students leave us with both a highly regarded academic qualification and a love of literature that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through external examinations and coursework.

What will I study?

You will study a range of literary texts including poetry, prose and drama, with the addition of independent wider reading. You will analyse how texts relate to one another and certain literary traditions, plus how texts are interpreted by different readers, including during different time periods.

To get the most out of your course, you should be an enthusiastic reader and be prepared for extensive reading, including reading around the subject to inform your interpretation of texts.

You should be willing to justify your ideas during class discussions and in written essays, and enjoy working both independently and in a group.

Where will this course lead me?

English Literature is a facilitating subject; a widely recognised academic subject that can be combined with arts, science or mathematics for entry into Higher Education. It prepares you for careers which require good communication skills such as teaching, law, civil and social services, journalism and media, librarianship and management
English Literature, Business Studies, History
Emily Fagan
English Literature, Business Studies, History
Where next?
Edge Hill – English Literature and History

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.


Bridging Materials

For Year 11 students who have applied and will be joining us in Year 12


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