English Literature

Staff Contact

Ms Sue Simmonds: ssimmonds@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

Course Content

You will study two novels linked by a theme, one Shakespeare play and one modern play, a selection of modern poetry and poetry from a specific period. A 3000-word coursework essay makes up 20% of the final grade. This is a comparative essay and you can choose any two texts of your choice. You will work independently on this with tutorial support from staff.

Exams: three exams at the end of Y13 making up 80% of the final grade.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Results 2022

A*-B: 57% | A*-C: 100%

Entry requirements:

Sixth Form entry criteria plus a minimum GCSE grade 5 in English Literature and Language 

Career Opportunities

English Literature is regarded as a facilitating subject and is welcomed by universities for almost any degree course.

Law Degree

English degree

Linguistics degree


Education degree 


Creative writing

Apprenticeships in journalism, marketing, publishing.

Trips Industry Links and Work Experience

Creative writing Club (A level students work with younger students to develop their creative writing.)

Theatre trips to see plays.

Swindon Poetry festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival



One of the strongest departments and even the most difficult essays are broken down and explained. They have allowed my confidence in essay writing to grow and both teachers are always approachable and no task is ever too much for them.

Student Exit Survey.


Student profile

Charlotte Gleeson

Previous school Farmor's

Studying English Literature, French, Psychology and EPQ

Ambition to study Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge