Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 30
Exam Board: Edexcel
- Theatre Trips.
- Annual literary walk and theatre
trip to the Globe.
This course is for students who love reading and enjoy deconstructing the technical aspects of literary texts; relish
debating ideas and arguments, both verbally and in writing and enjoy constructing informed arguments in cohesive
essays; and who want to develop their understanding of the human experience.
Students will read widely from independently set texts and those that students have selected for themselves; engage
critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts; develop and effectively apply knowledge of literary analysis and
evaluation; explore the contexts of chosen texts and others’ interpretations of them; undertake independent and sustained
studies to deepen an appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Paper 1: Drama, one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy. Critical essays related
to their selected Shakespeare play.
Paper 2: Prose, two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900.
Paper 3: Poetry, poetic form, meaning and language, a selection of post-2000 specified poetry and specified range of
poetry from: either a literary period (either pre- or post-1900) or a named poet from within a literary period.
Coursework: Students will study two texts. Chosen texts may be linked by theme, movement, author or period, and may
be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
English Literature is an excellent subject for entry to any arts degree, career choices may include social media manager,
writer/journalist, public relations, marketing, lawyer, teacher/academic, librarian, human resources, entrepreneur,
actor, theatre manager/director, arts/heritage industry.
Grade 7 in English.
Written examination, 2 hrs 15 mins. Open book. Section A – Shakespeare
essay question. Section B – Other Drama: one essay question from two.
Written examination, 1 hour 15 mins. Open book. One comparative essay
question from choice of two on studied theme.
Written examination, 2 hrs 15 mins. Open book. Section A Post-2000 Specified
Poetry: one comparative essay question on unseen poem and one named poem.
Section B – Specified Poetry Pre- or Post-1900: one essay from choice of two.
Produce one extended essay of 2500–3000 words in comparing two texts.