English Literature is taught as part of a full time A Level Study Programme.
What is English Literature A Level about?
In studying English Literature you will explore a range of books, plays and poems from different times and by different authors. You will also look at the political, social and historical contexts in which texts are written and read.
The study of English Literature exercises the imagination and the intellect. It is about life and living and your relationship not only with yourself but with the world around you.
This programme offers students the chance to study a rich variety of literature from many different periods. The texts are stimulating and interesting and there are several opportunities for students to develop their own interests and to bring their own creative and independent skills to the tasks.
Who does the subject suit?
Quite simply, if you love reading then this is the course for you. It will help to have an open mind, an enquiring brain and a willingness to work hard. If you enjoy putting pen to paper in a robust and imaginative way then English may well be the right choice. The essential academic skills are a clear mind, a precise writing style, sensitivity to nuance and hidden meaning and a good level of general knowledge.
Many of these strengths you will gain and polish throughout the two years and we will encourage you to do this through debate and discussion. The study of literature is about sharing perspectives and opinions and challenging received assumptions in order to reach a strong personal understanding. In our small groups we want to stimulate debate and give students the confidence to express their own judgements and to develop these so they are based on close, accurate textual understanding. A good sense of humour and a willingness to laugh are undoubted advantages.
Who will teach me?
John Tyson-Capper leads the teaching of English Literature. John is an experienced teacher having previously taught at Hartlepool Sixth Form and Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College. He holds a BA Hons in English Studies from Sheffield Hallam, PGCE(FE) from Greenwich University and MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. John is a published writer and teaches on the Creative Writing A Level as well.
What can you do with an English Literature A Level?
Almost anything. Employers understand that a degree in English is 'a good thing', reflecting a creative and rigorous mind, an ability to communicate effectively and self-discipline. Past students are to be found in TV and journalism, commerce and finance, politics and the law. Some have become teachers, actors and writers and there is certainly nothing limiting about an interest or degree in literature.