English Literature A Level

English Literature A Level

English Literature A Level

In English Literature A Level, you will study a mixture of novels, plays and poetry. You will also study historical and contemporary texts. Looking at how these texts were written, how they reflect the time in which they were written, and how our view of them has changed over time will be crucial.

Our passionate team of dedicated teachers will guide you through a range of contemporary and classic texts or fascinating research and case studies. This will help you to develop expertise and build on your previous success at GCSE. Through lessons, clinics, enrichments, workshops and trips, English students at Queen Mary’s College are shown how to read, analyse and write about this rich heritage.

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English Literature A Level is highly regarded by universities as a facilitating subject and by employers as evidence of high level analytical and creative skills.

This course is all about communication – how writers communicate with us and how we communicate ideas about what we read, both in writing (essays) and orally through discussion. The expertise in communication that you will develop through this course is transferrable for a wide range of jobs and careers. This is also an extremely useful skill for studying any subject at university, so universities value this A Level even if you are not going on to study for an English degree. English Literature is one of the 8 subjects on the Russell Group Universities’ list of ‘facilitating subjects’ (i.e. desirable subjects).

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Extra-Curricular Enrichment Opportunities

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As an English students at QMC, there are a wide range of enrichments available to you. See the following list:

CREATIVE WRITING

This enrichment course is an opportunity for people who write stories, poems, plays, TV scripts etc. to develop their skills and to learn more about the craft of writing. Students must be prepared to write in a variety of genres and to share their work with each other.

DEBATING SOCIETY

Although this is not strictly speaking an English enrichment, the ability to debate and form arguments is a very useful skill to learn. The debating society run in-house student-led debates and participation in Hampshire events.

FURTHER ENGLISH

This is an extension course to broaden your understanding of the canon of English Literature and to enable you to put your set texts in their literary and cultural context. You will look at a broad range of Literature written over the last ten centuries. There is no homework or formal assessment for this course but you will be expected to undertake additional reading.

READING GROUP

This is a monthly book group run by the Library. You will have the opportunity to read and discuss a range of books. This will improve your analytical skills and develop your ability to discuss texts.

Other enrichments that complements this course also include Dead Poets’ Society and Guide to Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Playwriting. View more enrichment opportunities here.

Helpful Resources

READING LIST

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Any questions?

Our Head of Department, Jason Yeomans will be happy to help.

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