English Literature

Head of Department: Ms Nicki Carter

Exam board OCR


The course comprises the detailed study of a particular literary genre in addition to the examination of nineteenth century drama and poetry, plus a major Shakespeare play. Students prepare to undertake the coursework unit at the end of Year 12 which is completed and submitted in the first term of Year 13 (the summer holiday provides a timely opportunity
for pupils to read set and related texts). This portfolio of two essays takes as its focus a theme which connects a significant work of prose, poetry and drama. The course therefore offers students the chance to specialise but also consider texts within their transcendent social, cultural, critical and
historical contexts.

The department has a reputation for subject specialism and a genuine passion for literature, film and theatre which we are keen to share; we welcome enthusiasm and repay it generously.

The syllabus is embracing, thought provoking and excellent preparation for degree-level study. Within seminar-style lessons the relationship between teacher and student is consciously less formal; we attract individuals who enjoy exchanging ideas within a rigorous, supportive and good humoured environment.

In addition to a coursework unit, students sit two end of year exams on the texts studied during the two year course.

Exam Results

The average of the A Level results in English Literature over the most recent three year period (2023, 2022, 2021) is:

A* 32%
A* – A 56%
A* – B 87%