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English Literature



Specification OCR GCE English Literature
Contact Mrs V Fox (Learning Director: English & Communications)
Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE English Language


Is this course for me?

You need to enjoy reading for this course. You will have to read a vast range of different texts independently. You should also be proficient at close analysis and essay writing. You will be required to research around the subject, engaging with critics and contextual factors that surround a text. The examination units within this course are all closed book and there are difficult synoptic elements to the course, meaning you must be good at recall, memorisation and must be able to ‘think on your feet’. 

Where can it take me?

English Literature can lead to a range of careers that require a range of academic skills, including analysis, written communication and emotional and social intelligence. Popular choices include journalism, publishing, teaching/lecturing, researching, writing, managerial careers and archivism, to name but a few.

What do current students think?

  • “English Literature gives you the opportunity to read across a range of time periods and genres. Lessons are really fun, where you get chance to debate about different interpretations. It can get pretty heated! It’s very academic, because you have to analyse different texts in depth, research critical opinions and write essays.”


A Level Qualification Structure:

Component 1: Shakespeare and Drama Pre-1900

This is an examination unit, exploring a wide range of texts in an analytical way. There are two questions; the first question asks you to analyse a Shakespeare passage in close detail and link it to the play as a whole, and the second question asks you to write a comparative essay on one drama and poetry text.

Component 2: Topic Area Study

This is an examination unit, whereby students study two texts within a chosen topic area. Topic areas include: American Literature, The Gothic genre, Dystopia, Women in Literature and The Immigrant Experience. Students answer one question on close analysis of one text and one question that asks for a comparison of two texts.

Component 3: Literature Post-1900

This is a coursework unit, whereby students study three set texts: a poetry, drama and prose piece. This allows you to read some very recent Literature; one text must be post-2000, quite a rarity in other Literature specifications.