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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity
- G.K. Chesterton

English at The Oratory promotes intellectual curiosity and encourages our pupils to explore the deeper mysteries of the human condition, in harmony with the school’s Catholic ethos.

We aim to promote a real love of literature and an appreciation of imaginative, original and expressive writing.


Beyond the course

English Literature is a highly regarded A Level that can take pupils on to many courses of study. With its emphasis on analysis, essay writing, communication and debate, it is an excellent choice for Arts and Humanities subjects such as History, Classics, Languages, Drama and Theatre Studies. It can also open doors for those considering careers in industries such as journalism, media, publishing, teaching, politics, business and law.