The A-Level in English Literature has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts within the chosen literacy and cultural genres in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non-exam assessment. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident, autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam based assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at University.
The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:
- The study of texts within specific genres
- The study of texts through engagement with a range of theoretical ideas
- Writing about texts in a number of different ways