In Year 12 students follow the Cambridge AS Level course in English Literature. This fast-paced course includes the study of four texts: poetry (30 poems from the anthology), prose and two drama texts. Students need to enjoy literature and be willing to read around their chosen texts, as well as developing their skills in literary criticism.
In Year 13 students study two texts for Pre-20th Century Literature (by Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare) and two texts for 20th Century Literature (a modern novel and drama text). Students are examined in two 2-hour papers which are closed-text (they do not have their texts in the exam).