What is the course about?
For this course, students study a variety of genres from a range of historical periods. These include: BramStoker’s Dracula, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti; as well as works by contemporary writers. Whilst some texts are prescribed, there is an opportunity for students to explore less well-known texts.
- Study of a selection of poetry and a play.
- Study of two Gothic novels. Wider reading within the Gothic genre.
- Study of a Shakespeare text.
- Detailed study of linked drama, prose and poetry text.
- Coursework: a folder totalling 3000 words. This includes one recreational piece with analysis, based on a play called Jerusalem, and a comparative essay on modern texts, using Wide Sargasso Sea and Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (20%).
- Two examinations:
– Paper 1: Shakespeare and Drama and Poetry pre 1900: (40%)
– Paper 2: Comparative and Contextual study in The Gothic: (40%
Both exams are 2 hours 30 minutes.
It is a highly regarded academic qualification. It could lead to careers in media, law, industry, commerce, the civil service, personnel management, education – in fact any job requiring analytical or communication skills.
Minimum of grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.