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English Literature A level

English Literature A level

At ELSS, our English Literature A level provides students with the critical appreciation needed to understand challenging books to a high level and become genuinely well-read. 

We aim to go above and beyond the exam specification, giving students the chance to look into the history of English literature from Anglo Saxon epics, through Chaucer and Elizabethan drama and onto the experimentation of modernism and bold contemporary literature, while educating our pupils to scrutinise different critical interpretations and form their own strong views on debates around the canon.

Taught by an experienced, intellectual team with a real love of reading, our course encompasses a broad selection of great literature. With OCR as an exam board, we teach William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, selected poems of Christina Rossetti, American literature from 1880 to 1940 including F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. For the coursework module, students are encouraged to pursue their specific interests across a range of contemporary novels, drama and poetry.

Our stimulating seminar style lessons give the chance to debate and refine your views on big ideas: tragedy, society, the individual, love, marriage, money and family. Please join us.