Year 12 & 13 English


English Literature at A Level is a subject that is looked upon favourably by all universities. It suggests the student possesses an ability to express themselves fluently, both in oral and written form. It teaches the student to analyse and to search for meanings, meanings that are sometimes hidden in the texts. It requires the confidence to offer interpretation and to pursue an argument. Hence, if you are interested in a future career in law, or journalism or teaching, or any career - even medicine - then English Literature demonstrates that you have the ability to think clearly and to express yourself comfortably. If you simply enjoy the experience of reading texts and relish the pleasure of talk in a focused classroom, then this is the right subject choice. If you are a student who excels at the sciences, English Literature may be an ideal third subject choice for you at AS Level, as it would reveal a broadminded and diverse academic interest.

The Team:

Miss Kelly Wilson (Curriculum Leader)

Mrs Sue Woodhouse (KS3 Leader of English)

Miss Aedin O'Neill (Leader of Literacy Development)

Miss Jo Debenham

Mr Ivan McLaughlin

Miss Toni Reynolds

Mrs Sarah Choudhry

Mrs Tracy Airoll (Vice Principal)

Mrs Georgina Holland

Mrs Sue Goldsmith (Assistant Vice Principal)

Mrs Rachel Doran (Assistant Principal)

Key Stage 5 Overview:

A2 English Literature (Edexcel)

Component 1: Drama

· Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare)

· A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)

Component 2: Prose

· Hard Times (Charles Dickens)

· The Colour Purple (Alice Walker)

Component 3: Poetry

· Poems of the Decade (A Selection of Modern Poetry, 2002-2011)

· Metaphysical Poets

Component 4: Coursework

· A 3000 word essay on two linked texts.

More able

To be considered More able the following attributes need to be demonstrated:

· Work shows a deep level of understanding and there is an ability to write coherently, analytically and in a highly sophisticated manner.

· Shows a genuine interest and love for the subject.

· Have good communication skills in a variety of situations.

· Have an independent work ethic.

· Willingness to contribute to wider experiences offered by the subject.

Enrichment activities

· Encouraged to take the lead on extracurricular events

· Supporting the reading of KS3 students who struggle/have a low reading age

· Visits to theatres to watch productions.


Types of homework set include examination questions, research activities, focussed tasks, coursework and coursework re-drafting.