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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

English Literature

Why study English Literature?


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English Literature is the ideal subject for those who have a passion for reading and a lively, articulable interest in contemporary and historical ideas and debates. Literature students will explore themes and concepts that have fascinated writers from Shakespeare to the present day.

Students study a diverse range of texts, including:

  • Pre- and post-1900 poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Pre- and post-1900 prose
  • Post-1900 drama
  • Literary criticism

The course covers three components: two external examinations, and one internally-assessed coursework unit. Critical discussions and evaluations of each text raise compelling questions about human behaviour, social values, attitudes and imagination; these are as important now as they have always been.

Why our students like this course

'I have always enjoyed how personal it is'

'I chose English because you have the freedom to form your own ideas and interpret literature in your own individual way.  English is relevant in other subject areas too: Languages, Humanities and any other subject requiring well-structured written work.  English is something I thoroughly enjoy and it will continue to be valuable across my studies and in my future.'

Entry Requirements
Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature

Exam Board

Where does this subject lead me? 

This subject offers not only the best preparation for an English Literature degree, but as a facilitating subject for a range of degree courses it also provides the transferrable intellectual training, the thoughtful mind and the skilled expression needed for pathways such as Law, History, Psychology, Languages and Politics.

Further Advice

Contact a Teacher 

If you have any subject specific questions that you'd like to ask.  You are very welcome to contact the relevant Head of Subject.  To find their email address click on Teaching Staff.  For general enquiries, contact the 6th Form Team.

Induction Resources

Please find below some resources that will help you to prepare for the course over the summer holidays.