English A-Level at The Swan
An A-Level in English Literature opens up many doors. It secures a highly respected qualification for university, but also helps young people make sense of life. Students who study English at The Swan will receive excellent teaching from staff who care deeply about fostering a love of literature.
They will benefit from rigorous evidence-based teaching in the classroom and the academic expertise of our highly qualified librarian. They will study compelling works of literature selected to satisfy the most curious of minds. These texts will cover a range of periods and styles and be a careful balance of traditional and contemporary works.
Students will be encouraged to take advantage of the many and varied enrichment opportunities that Oxford has to offer, for example: lectures, essay writing competitions, poetry events and theatre trips.
A student who wishes to study English at The Swan should have an insatiable appetite for reading, which they will want to share and develop, and a spirit of enquiry that motivates them to ask searching questions.
6 in GCSE English Literature and 5 in GCSE English Language
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Literature (9ET0)
- one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy – both texts may be selected from one or both of these categories.
- critical essays related to their selected Shakespeare play. Students’ preparation is supported by Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Tragedy or Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Comedy.
- two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900.
- poetic form, meaning and language
- a selection of post-2000 specified poetry
- a specified range of poetry from either a literary period (either pre- or post-1900) or a named poet from within a literary period.
- must be different from those studied elsewhere in the course
- must be complete texts and may be linked by theme, movement, author or period
- may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.