English Literature – A Levels

A Level
There are three exams at the end of the second year (Drama, Prose, Poetry) and a 3000 word essay comparing two texts of the students' choice for coursework
Exam Board: PEARSON


English Literature at A Level enables students to develop an understanding of literary texts of different genres from Shakespeare to the present day. During the course students will study a total of 8 texts drawn from drama, prose and poetry. In the first year there will be a focus on the literary genre of Tragedy, through the study of modern drama, and the theme of childhood through the study of two novels. Students will also have the opportunity to study contemporary poetry. In the second year students continue their study of tragedy and childhood by focussing on a Shakespearian tragedy and also engage with the works of a poet from the literary canon. 20% of the marks are awarded for coursework, which enables students to engage in wider and independent reading by comparing two texts of their choice. This course is suitable for students who have excellent analytical and written skills. We expect students to be involved in class and group discussions and to be prepared to test out their own opinions and ideas while listening to others.
Minimum College Entry Requirements (5 A*-C or equivalent) including English Language 5 and English Literature B
Two years 
Students will be expected to purchase their own set texts, and are also advised to consider study guides and companions.
Students thinking about English at University are strongly advised to take both English Language and English Literature as separate subjects. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or University course. English Literature will support a career in a wide range of areas, including Law, Journalism, Teaching, Advertising and Marketing, Local Government and Civil Service and any career in which communication is important. The skills developed in this course are valued by virtually any university admissions tutor or employer.
Subjects that link particularly well with this course are any essay-based subjects. (e.g. Law,  Psychology, Philosophy, Film, History, Sociology). We particularly recommend that students taking English Literature should also consider English Language. The skills are complementary and it would be particularly useful if you are considering a degree in English. Trips/visits are organised to theatres, study days, and literary places of interest. Students need to be committed to literature and enjoy reading on a regular basis. To be successful in this course, students should feel confident in their ability to write clear, well structured essays.

Natalie Murphy

Natalie murphy - Teacher of English

What are your qualifications? BA English Language and Literature, PGCE, currently studying for MA in Educational Innovation.

Teaching experience? I have been teaching A level English language and A level English literature for two years, across a range of specifications. I am also an examiner for OCR

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

Relatively new to teaching, I completed my NQT year at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Coventry. I have led groups on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, in addition to organising for guest lecturers to visit from universities.

What are your hobbies/interests? I enjoy swimming, cycling and running. As an English teacher, I love reading. I also really enjoy baking and I am the most recent winner of the English department Bake Off.

Karen-Anne Herbert

Karen Anne Herbert - Teacher of English

What are your qualifications? BA (Hons) Lancaster University, PGCE Leicester University

Teaching experience? English Literature

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

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What are your hobbies/interests? Spanish Language, Co-Organiser of Birmingham Spanish Speakers Meetup Group, Flamenco Dance.

Paul Maiden

What are your qualifications? 1) BA in English Language and Literature, PGCE in English (both Oxford University), MA in Education (Staffordshire University)

Teaching experience? 2) I have taught a range of A levels, including English Literature (AS and A2), English Language (AS and A2), English Language and Literature (A2), and Media Studies to AS and A2. I have also taught the AS Extended Project, and GCSE English Language and English Literature

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

I have experience of attending a range of exam board training sessions across all qualifications, have participated in, and led, coursework moderation and arranged visits with other centres to discuss ideas and best practice. I have also run a range of trips, to Oxford University, Harry Potter Studios, The Curve Theatre, and a lecture day in Birmingham, and have led on literacy across college for the past year, producing resources, carrying out observations, demonstrating good practice and offering support to others. I also run the Creative Writing group, a member of which this year was shortlisted for a national competition.

What are your hobbies/interests? 4) Reading (obviously!), Creative writing, Playing football (only at college on a Monday but it all counts), Cooking, baking and Coronation Street (really).