Would you like to study a range of literary texts? Are you looking to develop skills of critical analysis and appreciation? This course allows you to examine important works of literature from across a broad period of time. It also develops your skills as an informed, independent reader and critic of literary texts. So, if you are a keen reader and enjoy discussion, join the debate and study English Literature.
The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses.
The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.
Year 1 (AS Level)
Unit 1: Prose and Drama
Section A: This focuses on pre-1900 prose fiction. You will study a single text from the following range of novelists: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy.
Section B: This focuses on the literary study of drama. You will study a single text from the following range of the dramatist: Christopher Marlow, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Caryl Churchill, Joe Orton.
Unit 2: Poetry post-1900
Section A and B: These sections focus on critical analysis and comparison across two paired texts of poetry books: Edward Thomas and Alun Lewis; DH Lawrence and Gillian Clarke; Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath; Phillp Larken and Carol Ann Duffy, and Seamus Heaney and Owen Sheers.
Year 2 (A2)
Unit 3: Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry
Section A: This focuses on pre-1900 poetry. You will study a single text from the following range of works by individual poets: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, John Milton, John Keats, Christina Rossetti.
Section B: This focuses on analysis and appreciation of a broad range of texts from a variety of sources.
Unit 4: Shakespeare
Both Sections A and B are based on the study of a single Shakespeare play from the following: King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, The Tempest
Unit 5: Prose Study
This unit focuses on independent free reading, helping you to develop your critical skills at an advanced level, studying two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and on post 2000, nominated by the tutor.