West London Free School

West London Free School

English Literature



“Apart from the fact that it is a very highly respected subject to study at university and therefore for future employers, whether in Journalism, Law……… in fact in most industries, it is really all about the ability to be a perfect communicator. You have to be able to communicate well for the rest of your life, you want to be able to convince people, to have good conversations, good, backed-up, structured arguments, not just arguments for the sake of arguing. All of this comes through studying a lot of literature, texts analysis, but also through learning how to write intelligently and in a structured way. This will help you in any walks of life”. Rachel Oxtoby, Head of English





The study of literature provides a lens through which you can meet and explore places, characters and events from around the globe and from another time. This course provides the opportunity to study a range of texts and critical theories, from the literary canon through to more modern epochs. You will study texts ranging from Shakespeare and Marlowe through to Brontё, Keats and Hosseini. You will develop your knowledge and appreciation of form, literary devices and concepts, and the role of context in making and shaping literature and its reception. The course includes an Extended Comparative Coursework, offering you the chance to select and investigate two texts – prose, poetry, drama or non-fiction – from within your specialisms and interests. You will be expected to discuss links and connections, different interpretations and the contexts in which they were written. Whether you are a current WLFS student or are joining us from another school, this course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired through the English Literature GCSE study. The range and breadth of the course will provide students with everything needed to continue in the study of English literature at university level. The skills and knowledge developed over the two years will hugely beneficial to a wide range of subjects, including law, history and politics.




Unit 1 Drama (exam) Tragedy – Section A: Hamlet, Section B: Doctor Faustus

Unit 2 Prose (exam) Women and Society – A comparison of Wuthering Heights and A Thousand Splendid Suns

Unit 3 Poetry (exam) Section A: Contemporary Poetry, Section B: Romanticism

Unit 4 Extended Comparative Coursework Comparison of two texts linked by theme, movement, author or period



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