We offer English Language and Literature at A Level, as well as English Literature A Level.
English Language and Literature A Level
The English Language and Literature course appeals to students who wish to complement literary analysis with units that allow them to explore their own creative abilities.
The course balances opportunities for wide-ranging literary study with units tracing our use of the spoken word. The creative writing element of this course encourages students to write for a wide range of audiences and purposes and a number of our students have gone on to develop these skills by writing for publications whilst at university.
There are various opportunities to support studies, with trips to the theatre and creative writing seminars open to all students. Many of our students share their engagement with the subject by acting as reading mentors for younger pupils. English Literature “Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.” Aldous Huxley A wide variety of students take English Literature A level at Hillview, but they all have a keen intellectual curiosity and share our belief in the value of lively debate.
Studying English Literature at A Level will equip students with skills of research, close analysis and interpretation that will complement and support progress in all other subjects. English Literature offers the opportunity of studying a wide range of authors, including: Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, Hardy, Miller and Rossetti. There are various opportunities to support studies, with trips to the theatre and creative writing seminars open to all students. Many of our students share their engagement with the subject by acting as reading mentors for younger pupils.
English Literature A Level
This course is designed to encourage students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender. Students will experience an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them and will investigate the wider social and historical context of their production and reception.
What will I Study?
The course focuses on close textual analysis, the relationship between the texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood, and how groups of texts fit into themes. For examination, the set texts studied across the three papers will include two collections of poetry, two prose, one Shakespeare and one modern drama text. You will also analyse and respond to one unseen poem, comparing it to a known poem. For the coursework element, you will produce a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900, on a theme of your choice. This aspect of the course encourages autonomous personal reading, with teacher guidance on appropriate text choices and combinations, providing a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for independent study.