GCSE English Literature

Subject Information

The study of English Literature is essentially a study of humanity. Writers throughout the ages have dealt with the same basic human concerns, ideals and emotions; pupils of literature investigate the cultural contexts that form the background to the texts, whilst analysing the ways in which the writers communicate emotionally and intellectually with the reader today.

The subject requires an open mind, an eagerness to enter into debate (with the texts, the teacher and with fellow pupils), the ability to write structured essays, and, of course, an enjoyment of reading. Reading literary texts helps to develop an awareness of the world around you, and help you to be more articulate.

Why study English Literature?

The subject aims to develop the analytical and critical faculties of pupils, to deepen their enjoyment of reading, and to encourage confident, fluent, reasoned argument both orally and in writing. At A level English Literature combines well with all analytical subjects, and especially History, Modern Foreign Languages and Psychology; it is also a natural pair to Theatre Studies.

As well as this, English Literature gives breadth to the three Science-based subjects.