Poetry and Rhetoric 

The specification followed at A-Level is Edexcel English Literature. Link to Edexcel website.  

Studying English to AS/A2 level is an obvious choice for students who want to pursue a career in law, management, advertising, media or journalism but also develops communications and literacy skills which are valuable in almost any career.

English Literature A level
This exciting and rewarding subject is a popular choice for A Level.

Guided by two or three teachers over the course of Poetry and Rhetoric, students read, discuss and write about collections of poetry, novels, other prose, and plays. As well as enriching theatre trips, and talks by poets, novelists and academics, English Literature encourages brief forays into philosophy, history, drama, psychology and cultural studies.

Most students enjoy the course so much at AS that the majority progress to A2 Level.

The course includes four components.

Component 1: Drama. This is assessed through a 2 hour and 15 minute examination and is worth 30% of the total qualification.

Component 2: Prose. This is assessed through a 1 hour examination and is worth 20% of the total qualification.

Component 3: Poetry. This is assessed through a 2 hour and 15 minute examination and is worth 30% of the total qualification.

Component 4: Coursework. Students produce one assignment. This is worth 20% of the total qualification. This gives students plenty of scope for pursuing personal literary interests.

Texts studied will embrace a range of writers, for example William Blake, John Webster, Sarah Waters, Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth, Graham Greene, Samuel Selvon, Evelyn Waugh and John Keats. Shakespeare is guaranteed to make an appearance.

International Baccalaureate 
English literature is a core component of the International Baccalaureate and Students can study English in two of the International Baccalaureate subject Groups.

Group 1 (Studies in Language and Literature): students choose from English Language and Literature or School Supported Literature (or they can opt to study German Literature instead).

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more information.

Group 2 (Language Acquisition): allows students who have previously studied English as an additional language to choose English from a list which includes five modern languages, Latin and Classical Greek.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more information.