King George V College


This course involves exploring how writers create narratives and how they present the ideas and issues they wish to portray through their chosen literary form; whether that be in novels, drama or poetry. You will study in depth the meaning of the texts and how genre as well as the historical contexts of production have helped to shape and influence the meaning of texts. In addition, you will have the opportunity to look at texts through different perspectives such as Marxist and Feminist viewpoints.

There are two units, which form the examined aspects of the course. The first area of study is called ‘Love through the ages’, for which you will study the famous novel, The Great Gatsby, a collection of Pre-1900 love poetry and Shakespeare’s Othello. The second part of your examination study is entitled ‘Texts in shared context: 1945 to present (modern times)’, and for this you will study texts such as the novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, the modern drama A Streetcar Named Desire and poetry by Carol Ann Duffy. There is also opportunity on the course to explore your own literary interests through the independent non-examined assessment (coursework).

English Literature A level is recognised by all universities as a traditional subject, which helps students to acquire skillsets that lend themselves brilliantly to higher education study, such as independent researching and exploring ideas from a range of viewpoints. Courses in English Literature or general English degrees, which include Language are natural progressions, but other careers such as within Law, journalism and much more are equally well supported by this subject.


5 GCSEs at grades 9-5 (A*-B) including English Language and a 4 or above (Grade C) in GCSE Maths. For English Literature you will need a Grade 5 in English or English Language or English Literature.


We provide the chance to go on theatre trips such as to London to experience Shakespeare’s Globe or to Stratford to explore Shakespeare’s hometown and history. As subject teachers, we are always looking out for interesting poetry and literary events and have links with some local universities, who offer lectures on different aspects of the A Level texts. Attending these events and lectures is very useful as you will get to look at the texts you’re studying from alternative perspectives and will also experience a taste of what English at university is like.


Our classrooms are in the new Creative Arts building; they are large and bright and equipped with modern interactive whiteboards. English Literature students are required to buy the set texts provided, for study and annotation in class. Other resources such as handouts and booklets will be provided to assist the learning of the set texts.  Text books, journals and online resources are also available in the Learning Centre to help students with research and developing your understanding of different aspects of the course. 


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