For those that love to think, discuss, argue and debate, English Literature is central to equipping you with the critical thinking skills so essential to living a full and successful life in the 21st century. English Literature is a highly respected A level: it is a perfect blend of the academic and the artistic, the brain and the heart. As well as an English Literature degree itself, students of Literature might go on to study for University degrees in a range of subjects including: History, Sociology, Psychology, Drama and Theatre Studies and Law. Even Medical Schools value the subject highly.
It is also very effective in developing transferrable skills such as interpretive abilities, communication, an understanding of how language works, close analysis, and the ability to construct a well-argued case. These are highly valued in a range of graduate careers such as Teaching, Business and Finance, Journalism, Publishing – even Politics
OCR offers a wide range of texts, from engaging familiar classics to fresh contemporary literature. We feel that the spec is stimulating and has the scope to suit all tastes. It is challenging, yet accessible.
Students study a minimum of eight texts, including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama, to develop their ability to analyse and evaluate literary texts across a variety of genres and periods. Text choices are broad and appealing.
Students will study ONE Shakespeare play from the following list:
Students will study one pre 1900 play from the following list:
And then one pre 1900 poetry text from the following list:
The three texts chosen for study will be purchased by the students as this will allow them to make detailed notes on their own copies. The exam is closed texts so they will be expected to learn quotations and have a very detailed knowledge of the texts.
Close reading in chosen topic area
Students study two specific texts from ONE of the following topic areas:
They will be given an unseen passage from their chosen topic area and use their knowledge to write a detailed critical analysis.
Students will write a comparative essay using the two specific texts studied from their chosen topic area.
The two texts chosen for study will be purchased by the students as this will allow them to make detailed notes on their own copies. The exam is closed texts so they will be expected to learn quotations and have a very detailed knowledge of the texts.
Students will produce two pieces of ‘coursework’ now referred to as Non Examined Assessments.
They will be given the opportunity to choose their own texts but must adhere to the rubric:
Students can choose to produce a creative re-writing of their chosen texts with an accompanying commentary OR a close reading of their chosen text.
There are usually opportunities to see performances of plays which students are studying for those studying English Literature.
Previously, we have been to listen to published authors speak as part of the Booker Prize Literary Festival. We have also visited Art Galleries and live screenings at the cinema. The English Department are always keen to support and encourage participation in a range of cultural events.
Students are encouraged to purchase the set texts, so that they can annotate them for revision purposes.
English Literature A Level is often studied in conjunction with other Arts-based subjects. Popular combinations include: Theatre Studies, History, Law, Psychology, Art and English Language.
English Literature can be studied at degree level and can lead to careers in journalism, the media, education and law but equally, it is a facilitating subject which is well respected and can easily lead to a whole host of different careers. We have students of English Literature who have gone on to a career in banking!
This course would appeal to you if: