The aims of this course are to encourage you to develop your interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as you:
- read widely and independently both set texts and others that you have selected for yourselves
- engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them
- develop and effectively apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing
- explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
The OCR A level in English Literature qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, introducing you to the discipline of advanced literary studies, and requires reading of all the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.
The OCR A Level in English Literature will extend these studies in breadth and depth, further developing your ability to analyse, evaluate and make connections. You are required to study a minimum of eight texts at A level, including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole.
- at least three texts published before 1900, including at least one text by Shakespeare
- at least one work first published or performed after 2000
- at least one unseen text
The OCR A Level in English Literature will require you to develop judgement and independence as you synthesise and reflect upon your knowledge and understanding of a range of literary texts and ways of reading them. It will require you to show knowledge and understanding of:
- the ways in which writers shape meanings in texts
- the ways in which texts are interpreted by different readers, including over time
- the ways in which texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres
- the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers
English literature offers a wide range of potential future careers including: publishing, media, journalism, public relations, teaching, university lecturing, public sector, law, librarianship, archiving, information and research, tourism, events management, social work, youth work, probation work, human resources, retail management, sales.
Course-Specific Entry Requirements: 5 good GCSEs (C+/4+) including English Language or English Literature at grade 6