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A Level: English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code RA-12
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


A personal voice is a necessity... From 2015, we will be offering the OCR A Level, a 2 year linear course in English Literature. Over the two year course, students will study for paper 1 Shakespeare, pre-1900 drama such as The Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and pre-1900 poetry. For paper 2 they will study two texts related to dystopian fiction, such as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, as well as an unseen passage analysis relating to this theme. The course has three assessments: two examinations and one coursework folder, which will consist of a creative piece and a comparative essay. Coursework texts will include poetry, prose and drama texts, all post 1900. Students will be expected to complete a significant amount of reading outside lesson time; we want them to approach the course with independence, enthusiasm and creativity. Apathy is not an option. An independent approach is essential; students will find the course more rewarding when they work this way. Critical thinking and other opinions are also crucial to assessment and we encourage students to take advantage theatre and cinema trips, lecture visits and university workshops. If students are absent, they must catch up work missed. Excellent attendance is one of the keys to success. The course promotes informed, independent and autonomous reading. Ideally, they will become exploratory literary critics, pursuing their own interests and tracing connections between texts. Our aims: To Inspire and encourage our students to read widely and enjoy a variety of texts from a number of different periods/genres; To develop their skills in reading and analysis; To encourage our students to become sensitive readers of literature; To prepare students for University courses; To encourage independence of thought and independent study.

How will it be delivered?

The course has three assessments: 2 examinations, both of which take place at the end of year 13 and one piece of coursework which will be completed in year 13.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 entry requirements.  You will need to have achieved at least a grade C at GCSE in English Language AND in English Literature.

Your next steps...

English Literature is an Arts subject and so lends itself to a variety of careers, including teaching, journalism, and many more. The texts we read are demanding, and will improve your analytical and reading skills which are ideal in many different career areas. Our students go on to successful University careers. We also offer practice interview panels for those students who are intending to study English at University.


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