English Literature

Sixth Form


This Advanced GCE specification requires students to:
• Explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood.
• Study texts within a shared context to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.
• Make their own autonomous meaning, to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as they develop their own informed personal responses.

The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:
• The study of a literary theme over time
• The study of literature through engaging with two of the main historicist perspectives, the diachronic (reading texts written across widely different time periods that explore the same
theme) and synchronic (reading texts written within a narrower and clearly defined time period)
• The study of various texts, both singly and comparatively, chosen from a list of core set texts and a list of chosen comparative set texts.


Why is it a useful qualification?

A level English Literature is an extremely useful qualification both for further study in Literature and also as a general qualification for other career paths. A recent poll of employers within fortune 500 companies suggests employers increasing look to arts and humanities subjects such as English, History and Philosophy when recruiting as these disciplines teach students how to clarify assertions, think clearly and creatively and to apply precedence and empathy to the solving of problems.



Ms Kayleigh Trotman

Head of English

Graduating from the University of Reading in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in English and History, Kayleigh completed Journalism training in London where she interned for both The BBC and Bauer Media.


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