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Mrs Awel Emlyn - Head of Department

Ms Elena Morgan 

Mrs Catrin Bennett 

Mrs Eleri Evans

Mrs Ffion Harries 

Mr Gwilym Jeffs

Mr Gethin Palmer 

Miss Delyth Roberts 

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 “Studying English Literature has really broadened my perspective already. Though challenging, the lessons are full of fun and fascinating discussions about the texts. The texts themselves are varied, from the machismo of Stanley in a very hot New Orleans to the restrictive life lived by Jane Eyre in Lowood School. There is a real sense of community in the English Department, and I love being part of it!”

Ethan Wall, Year 12

KS4 (Year 10 - 11)








Shakespeare NEA


Unit 1 literature exam GCSE - OMAM and unseen poetry




External exam at the beginning of spring term




Poetry comparison NEA


An Inspector Calls





External exam in Summer






External exam in Summer



The general aim of this course is to enable students to explore their literary interests and to encourage them to become enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers.

Course Details

This course is taught simultaneously with the GCSE English course. The course is examined within two tiers: Higher which encapsulates the grades A* to D and Foundation which encapsulates grades C to G.

Students following this course are given the following opportunities:

• To read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts, to appreciate the ways in which authors achieve their effects and to develop the skills necessary for literary study.

• To be aware of social, historical and cultural contexts and influences in the study of literature.

• To construct and convey meaning in speech and writing, matching style to audience and purpose.

Assessment will comprise of 2 examinations (75%) and 2 controlled assessments (25%).

KS5 (Year 12-13)

Subject Leader: Mrs Awel Emlyn
Examination Board: WJEC
Examinations: 80%
Coursework: 20%

Entry Requirements:

You should have gained at least grades B in both English and English Literature GCSE.

What is English Literature?

The WJEC GCE AS and A Level in English literature encourages learners to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies.

What will I learn whilst studying English?

English Literature at A-Level has always been a popular subject. This is undoubtedly due to nature of the course, providing opportunities to study historical, cultural and social issues through literary texts. You will be encouraged to develop as confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of classic and contemporary texts and learn to reflect on your own responses to texts. During the course, we will explore comparisons and connections between texts and deepen your appreciation of the significance of cultural and historical influences upon readers and writers.

Course Content:

Unit 1: Prose fiction pre-1900 e.g. Jane Eyre (Bronte) and Drama e.g. A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams)

Unit 2: Poetry Post – 1900 e.g. Owen Sheers, Seamus Heaney

Unit 3: Poetry pre-1900 and unseen poetry e.g. Keats

Unit 4: Shakespeare e.g. King Lear

Unit 5: Coursework – reading of two prose texts from different periods, one post 2000 e.g. The Great Gatsby, Atonement

Possible Careers:

English Literature certainly complements most subjects and is a highly regarded academic qualification for entry into a variety of university courses and is a great opening to a range of careers such as Law and Journalism.

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