English Literature

Head of Department: Mrs A M Gorman – amg@barneyschool.org.uk
Teacher of English: Mrs S Allman
Teacher of English: Mrs E E Beaty
Teacher of English: Mrs D L M Everall
Teacher of English: Miss K S Harpin

The syllabus enables students to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. They develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, students learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting students’ understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

Course/Exam board: IGCSE Edexcel 4ETO

Paper 1: Drama
One one-hour and 45-minute examination
Paper 2: Analysis of prose or poetry text
Critical response to Edexcel Anthology
One 90-minute examination

What English literature can do for you
Reading a range of stimulating texts allows students to develop their critical voice: a sensitive reader will become a sensitive, responsive writer who feels confident expressing opinions and interpretations. This is a useful skill in all walks of life.