Key Stage 5

Why study this course?

If you love reading then this is the course for you! English Literature isn’t just about reading books though; we look at how social/political/historical context can have an impact on literature, links between literature written at different times and it can help you improve your verbal and written communication skills. In addition to this, it encourages independent and critical thought, empathy for a variety of different characters and situations and also helps you to improve your analytical skills.


What will I study?

5 core texts: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, a collection of poetry from The Oxford Book of War Poetry and pre-1900 poetry on the theme of Love Through the Ages. You will also study a selection of war prose and poetry for the two unseen sections of the exams.


How will I be assessed?

Two exams: Love Through the Ages – 2 hours; World War I and its aftermath – 2.5 hours.


Where can it lead?

English Literature is a facilitating subject! It can lead you in to: Teaching, Journalism, Advertising, Publishing, Law, Media, and it works well with Foreign Languages, History, Social Sciences.

Staff List

Mrs H Hardcastle

Subject Leader

  • Miss H Leifert
  • Miss K Earnshaw
  • Miss E Geeson
  • Mrs H Hanifin
  • Mr A Lynn
  • Miss E Pipes
  • Mr B Waters
  • Mrs H Hardcastle
Exam Board

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Past Papers
Revision Sites
  • There are numerous revision guides available for the course and the texts we study.
Option Blocks