English Literature is a great subject for students who enjoy reading, thinking independently and evaluating ideas. This is a two year linear course where you will gain a better understanding of interpretations within literary texts through methods of analysis, expressing this in cogent, detailed and critical essays.

For the exams, you will read and compare a variety of literature, from classic plays to modern poetry, evaluating interpretations from your close reading of texts such as The Tempest, The Duchess of Malfi and The Whitsun Weddings in addition to analysing unseen prose and poetry in the exam. The coursework, which is worth 20%, is a 2500-3500 word comparative essay and allows you to pick a novel of your choice from your own wider reading at A Level.

Where does an English course lead?

English subjects are challenging, but are an excellent preparation both for university and your future career. Obvious careers include journalism, sales, teaching, management, administration, information management, publishing and careers in the public services.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (if studied).

English Course Leaflet

exam board course specification

What Our Students Say

Studying English Literature at Carmel has been challenging but really enjoyable for me. I have had great teacher support and the opportunity to engage in interesting classroom debates. I have been on trips to the theatre, a trip to Washington D.C. and various reading groups which have all given me a much greater insight into the text that we study on the course and above all, have been really great fun.

Sian Bradshaw