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English Literature A Level AQA

Studying English literature at BSix
As an English literature student at BSix you are privileged to be studying where Shakespeare’s plays were possibly written! It is a known fact that a nobleman called Edward de Vere lived at Brooke House (the site of BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College) in the early 1600’s and despite no hard evidence, there are some people who believe that de Vere was in fact the true author of Shakespeare’s plays…

English literature students will study a variety of topics over the two years reading across centuries, styles of writing, genres and gender, from the older traditions of English literature to the new. We will encourage you to read, watch and listen to a wide variety of texts and to talk about them and the ideas they provoke. There will be lots of discussion, as well as visits to the theatre and exhibitions.

Typical essay questions in the exam might be:

  • How does the writer present her thoughts and feelings about the struggle for identity? (this would be linked to the expected wider reading that you would have done)

  • Maya Angelou has said: "I long, as does any human being, to be at home wherever I find myself." How important is the idea of home in the collection 'And Still I Rise'?

Beyond the classroom
In addition to theatre and exhibition trips, if you are interested in progression to University, our Raising Aspirations team organise excellent speakers, events and university visits. If you wish to work more closely with a particular University during your time as a BSix student, you can apply to gain a place on one of our Hackney University Extension programmes. We are in partnership with many universities including several of the top ‘Russell group’ Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Kings and Queen Marys.

Progression
Students who study English literature can progress to university to study a range of courses at degree level including English, media, journalism or history

Recommended reading
Any prose, plays or poetry about the struggle for identity (e.g. Margaret Atwood, Chinua Achebe, Tennessee Williams, Alice Walker, Liz Lochhead)

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
Teachers
There are 2 A Level English teachers: Georgina Choat and Jessica Gossling.
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