English is the study, use and enjoyment of English literature through oral, visual, and textual forms. English develops skills in communication which are essential in today’s world.
Career opportunities from studying English Literature:
English GCSE A*- B.
APS: 40 or above.
Curriculum Overview 2015/2016
This course provides a thorough grounding in the English Literature of the last four centuries, an excellent basis for further study or entry into a range of professions.
This course provides opportunities to discuss literature within historical, social and cultural contexts. It develops an understanding of the approaches and methods needed to analyse literary texts.
Students will need a genuine interest in literature, secure writing skills, an open mind and a willingness to enter into debate and discussion. In the first year, they will study two narrative novels, a selection of poetry from two named poets and produce two pieces of coursework based on the genre of Comedy.
In the second year they will study a minimum of three texts including a post 1800 novel and poetry or drama 1300 – 1800. These texts will be taken from two broad categories: either elements of the gothic or elements of the pastoral.
They will also study critical approaches to literature and produce two pieces of coursework on a choice of texts which will demonstrate independent reading. A passion for reading is essential when undertaking this course.
The Faculty is well resourced with a wide choice of novels, poetry anthologies, and media/digital texts. We have access to cameras, and also have a designated English IT suite for easy access to media texts, creative responses and guided research. The English faculty website (see the link below) provides numerous resources ranging from key skills to extension tasks.
http://osaenglish.weebly.com – OSA English Faculty website