English A-Level

OCR Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE in English Literature H071

OCR Advanced GCE (A2) in English Literature H471

Course content

The English Department is excited to, once again, be offering English Literature ‘A’ Level. The course is divided into four parts: poetry and prose 1800-1945, literature post-1900, drama and poetry pre-1800 and texts in time.

The aims of the AS and A2 courses are to encourage candidates to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they:

• read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves;

• engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;

• develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing.

Examples of texts that we could study include Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ and William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’. Students will also study texts chosen individually across genres and time periods.

Course structure

AS Unit F661: Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 2 hours 30% of A2 GCE marks Section A: Poetry Students answer one question on one poem. Section B: Prose Students answer one question from a choice of two.

AS Unit F662:

Literature post-

1900

Coursework N/A 20% of A2 GCE marks Students are required to submit a coursework folder of a maximum of 3000 words. These are two tasks: Task 1: Close reading OR re-creative with commentary (approximately 1000 words); Task 2: An essay on linked texts (approximately 2000 words).

A2 Unit F663:

Drama and Poetry

pre-1800 2 hours 30% of A2 GCE marks Section A: Shakespeare Students are required to write an essay on a Shakespeare play. Section B: Drama and Poetry pre-1800 Candidates are required to write an essay that is a comparative study of one drama and one poetry text.

A2 Unit F664:

Texts in Time N/A 20% of A2 GCE marks Students are required to submit an extended, individual essay of a maximum of 3000 words. Students are required to make a comparative analysis of three texts.