Subject Leader: Mr Carberry
What specification (syllabus) is being taught?
English Literature offers students the opportunity to explore some of the most
influential texts of the canon, from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by Shakespeare to F.
Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ and an anthology of seminal pre-1900 poetry.
Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry collection ‘Feminine Gospels’ will be read alongside the
dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
Students will learn to analyse unseen poetry and prose and place these texts in their literary and historical contexts, as well as
completing an in depth study of the American dramatic classic ‘A Streetcar Named
Who should take this course?
Students who love to read and have an aptitude for literary analysis will be well
suited to this course.
The course develops your experience of prose, poetry and drama through whole text, extract and comparative study.
Students who have recently taken the course have gone on to university to study subjects such as English Literature, Medicine, Law, Journalism, Drama and Linguistics.
What are the entry requirements?
Grade 5 in English Literature and English Language.
What are the key topics and themes? When will
they be taught?
The units are grouped within the categories listed below.
How will students be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
● Paper 1 (40% of A level) Love Through the Ages: Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming
of the Shrew’, unseen poetry analysis and pre-1900 poetry / ‘The Great
Gatsby’ comparative study.
● Paper 2 (40% of A level) Texts in Shared Contexts: modern times - literature
from 1945 to the present day: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, unseen prose
analysis and ‘Feminine Gospels’ / ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ comparative study.
● Texts across Time: independent critical study (2500 word essay; 20% of A
What can students do for revision at home? What materials are provided or available online?
Classroom resources are shared via Google Classroom and revision resources are
also shared in this way.