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Sixth Form

English Literature A Level

English Literature is a very popular A Level subject at Embley. During the course, you will enjoy a wide range of prose, poetry, and drama and, through close critical analysis and group discussion, learn to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research: all valuable skills for higher education and beyond. Regular theatre trips are arranged in order to support the texts and to allow for alternative interpretations, and a range of TV and film interpretations are studied alongside the reading.

In Year 12, you will study a Shakespeare play, an anthology of poetry and two prose texts while considering the presentation of ‘Love through the Ages’. While in Year 13, you will hone your critical thinking skills and, following an independent reading path, you will carry out a critical study of texts across time – be it the Gothic genre, satire and dystopia or representations of race and ethnicity, for example. The course is assessed by two written papers and a 2500 word essay.

What could be better than learning about the lives, loves, hopes and jealousies of people, both real and fictional, throughout the ages? Understanding the methods used by writers to make political, social and historical comments about the world as they see it is a great foundation for understanding humanity in general.

Examination board: AQA

Where could this course take you?

English Literature remains one of the most prestigious subjects to study and can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, including: journalism, advertising, creative writing, teaching, law, broadcasting, public relations and politics. More broadly, an enthusiasm for literature, added to an understanding of communication and human behaviour, will be invaluable, whatever path you choose to follow.