English Literature

Books crowbar the world open for you!


English Literature is a challenging but rewarding exploration of a wide variety of texts in great detail. As well as enjoying the books for their own sake, you will practise your critical thinking skills, improve your debating technique and polish your written style.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to appreciate the significance of cultural and historical influences upon writers and readers and the contexts for which they were written. Literature is a long established and highly regarded academic discipline which deals with the big questions of life, love, death and why we are here.

Year 12


Thursday 5th September – Friday 25th October 2019 (7 weeks)
TRAGEDY Othello – features of tragedy and starting the text, first mainly teacher-led then ideally students becoming more independent. 

CRIME Extracts – conventions of crime as a genre and introducing Brighton Rock

PRP 1 – Monday 21/10

(PRP assessment – low-stakes early assessment, extract analysis A1, crime extract analysis)


Monday 4th November – Friday 20th December 2019 (7 weeks)
TRAGEDY Othello – finishing the text and deeper analysis, starting to link to essay-style questions
CRIME Brighton Rock – Continuing (to finish with students’ independent reading), discussions and links to conventions of crime

Monday 6th January – Friday 14th February 2020 (6 weeks)
TRAGEDY Richard II – contextual background, starting the text, drawing links to tragic conventions
CRIME Introducing Crabbe, Browning and Wilde – textual knowledge and contextual background, starting to draw links to crime elements
PRP2 – Monday 3/2
(Idea for PRP assessment – Othello Section A and B, Brighton Rock Section B)

Monday 24th February – Friday 3rd April 2020 (6 weeks)
TRAGEDY Richard II – finishing text, deeper analysis with relation to tragic conventions
CRIME Finishing poetry – deeper analysis and links between texts, essay-style discussion questions. Starting Atonement.

Monday 20th April – Friday 22nd May (5 weeks)
TRAGEDY Tess of the D’Urbervilles – expectation to have read the text, establishing plot and discussion questions.
CRIME Atonement – covering the plot, reading and initial links to crime

Monday 1st June – Friday 17th July (7 weeks)
TRAGEDY Tess of the D’Urbervilles – drawing comparisons to Richard II.
CRIME Atonement – Deeper analysis, links between texts, essay-style discussion questions
PRP3 – Monday 6/7 (Year 12 exams)

Year 13


Thursday 5th September – Friday 25th October 2019 (7 weeks)
CRIME Atonement – securing textual knowledge, deepening analysis with relation to essay-style discussion questions and links between texts
TRAGEDY Keats’ Poetry – links to tragic features, deepening analysis and comparative essay style
PRP1 21/10 (Exam-style essay question – teacher choice?)



Monday 4th November – Friday 20th December 2019 (7 weeks)
NEA FOCUS – aiming to be substantially done with NEAs by Christmas

CRIME Poetry – revising textual knowledge, deepening links between texts and bringing in extract analysis

TRAGEDY Section C Focus on textual knowledge and deep links/analysis between Salesman and Keats


Monday 6th January – Friday 14th February 2020 (6 weeks)
CRIME Roger Ackroyd – deeper analysis, connections between texts, essay-style questions

TRAGEDY Othello – focus on extract analysis as the basis for deeper analysis of the text on a thematic level

PRP2 Monday 27/1 (January exams)


Monday 24th February – Friday 3rd April 2020 (6 weeks)
CRIME Section B/C – responding to needs of class, but with an emphasis on essay technique and constructing arguments/links between the three texts

TRAGEDY Othello – thematic/character whole text questions, essay style, exam management

PRP2 – Friday 20th March 2020 (March mocks)


Monday 20th April – Friday 22nd May (5 weeks)
CRIME AND TRAGEDY – Revision responding to the specific needs of the class as identified in assessments, preparing for the exams.
PRP3 Monday 27/4 (Final predicted grades)


The coursework element is worth 40% of the overall assessment for A2, 20% in Year 12 and 20% in Year 13. For AS only, coursework is 40%.

Course requirements

B in both GCSE English Language and English Literature

What type of student is this course suitable for?

If you are a thoughtful, strong-minded committed reader then you stand to gain a great deal from this course. You will need to read widely and independently and be prepared to articulate informed and relevant responses.

Where could this course take you?

Further literary study and careers in the written arts are the obvious outcomes and this course is highly respected academically by top universities. A student of literature is a reader for life and the analysis and experience of a range of literary texts will be transferable in almost every profession.


Contact Mr Outhwaite directly for more information on this course.

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