English Literature

For voracious readers, word lovers, poets and theatre buffs English Literature is the perfect choice. Studying literature feeds the imagination. It allows you to travel back in time, share the experiences of others, take on new perspectives, explore ideas, beliefs and values, challenge or discover your own and learn the literary skills to express yourself in original and creative ways through dialogue, argument, prose and poetry. The analytical, interpretative and discursive skills you develop by studying literature will also prove excellent preparation for university. A Level English Literature is a highly regarded qualification by universities.

St Peter’s is an exciting and energising place to study English Literature. Students are lively, talented and enthusiastic and all teachers in the Literature team have a genuine passion for their subject. Many of the teachers have written works for publication and encourage their students to engage in the world of English Literature outside school. We offer many enrichment opportunities including theatre visits, trips to London and participation in A Level conferences at other academic establishments.


Year 12: Contemporary poems from the Forward collection – Poems of the Decade, A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams, Prose fiction – Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni. You will also be writing your coursework extended essay on two texts of your choice.

Year 13: William Shakespeare’s Othello and Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale.

Minimum Entry Requirements

GCSE English combined total of at least 11. Minimum of 6 in English Literature.

Combines well with…

History, Geography, Art & Design, Sociology, Psychology, Drama & Theatre Studies.


English Literature is a highly regarded A Level that can take students onto almost any course of study. It is an obvious choice for English degree courses but is also an excellent option for those considering arts and humanities subjects, languages, business and law. English Literature graduates go on to pursue careers in publishing, journalism, education at all levels, arts, directing, lexicography and many other careers which demand analysis, original thought and the ability to communicate at a high level.