English Language and English Literature are taught by a team of highly experienced, enthusiastic individuals who share a common love of written and spoken English. The team can draw on the range of specialist interests and knowledge including drama, Shakespeare, contemporary prose, Renaissance and Romantic poetry and the Victorian novel all within the department.
There are many skills that you will learn whilst studying English Literature at A Level including accurate written English, articulate oral presentation, critical thinking skills and a thorough understanding of our socio-political context. By the end of the course, as a student of English Literature you will be a well-informed, critical thinker and writer who has a more mature appreciation of humanity and culture.
At Queen's we feel that the WJEC A-Level English Literature course offers a wide and stimulating mixture of literary texts through the ages. We explore the contextual and stylistic similarities between the poetry of Owen Sheers and Seamus Heaney. Marlowe's "Dr Faustus" is read in parallel with Prebble's play, "Enron" as part of our study of power, corruption and human ambition. "King Lear" and "Paradise Lost" complete our course and provide challenging opportunities to examine the influence of socio-political movements and values on two of the greatest writers of our nation. The course is interesting, inspiring and dynamic. Aspects of philosophy, religion, economic and political theory are included in the syllabus to place texts in their full context.
Lively and challenging teaching methods and imaginative task-setting means that you will be fully engaged and inspired with lots of opportunities to go beyond the curriculum. Many English Literature students choose to continue the subject at university.
English is taught in a suite of classrooms with a dedicated Sixth Form English Literature library attached. It contains an extensive range of prose, poetry and drama including classic fiction and contemporary award-winning texts, plus critical texts to widen your understanding of reception to literary texts; wider reading and a love of fiction is encouraged. Many joint trips are run in conjunction with the drama department to see theatrical productions in London, Stratford and Bristol. You will have the opportunity to enter into national essay writing and poetry competitions and participate in our very strong debating society, for which Queen’s has an outstanding reputation.