English Literature explores ‘art’ texts such as poems, plays and novels. It is a highly-regarded course that is ideal for those who enjoy reading and discussion. The course will introduce you to a range of work that will broaden your knowledge of the world, improve your verbal and written communication skills and develop your ability to analyse and evaluate.
What will I study?
In English Literature you will study a range of poetry, prose and drama from different time periods. During the course you will explore how writers develop characters and themes, and you will study three texts of different genres including at least one Shakespeare play and some poems written before 1800.
Written exams make up 80% of your marks with the remaining assessed from your coursework.
The department organises regular theatre trips, including an annual visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, and trips to relevant study days on set texts. Last year, year 12 and 13 students visited Moniack Mhor, Scotland's national creative writing centre. The department also supports and encourages students to take part in creative writing competitions.
Where might it lead?
English Literature is an interesting and highly valued course that will open up a wide range of possibilities for the future. Former English Literature students have gone on to study a very wide range of subjects at university. In addition to English and related subjects, our students have read for degrees in such subjects as Anthropology and Archaeology, Law, Criminology, Modern Languages, Psychology, Theatre, Film and Television.