Exam Board and code:  OCR H474  Course:  2 Years to full A level

What is English Language and Literature about?

The aims of the OCR syllabus are to encourage the enjoyment of English through varied texts and tasks, including some new creative approaches to coursework.

Is this course for me?

Prospective students must have studied English Literature at GCSE and have a good pass in this subject and in English GCSE. You will enjoy this course if you enjoy reading and interpreting text, and if you like a more alternative and creative approach to the study of literature. It is imperative that you enjoy reading and engaging with fiction and non-fiction texts, as the course will involve class discussions and debates.

What else do I need to know?

English Language and Literature is a course which builds strong analysis, writing and communication skills as well as the ability to debate ideas, and is therefore an excellent addition to any combination of subjects.  

Where could it lead?

English Language and Literature is a course that builds strong analysis, writing and communication skills well as the ability to debate ideas, and is therefore an excellent addition to any combination of subjects. Journalism, law, publishing, PR and marketing are just a few of the many careers which depend on English.

What’s the difference between ‘English Language and Literature’ and ‘English Literature’?

English Language and Literature focuses on analysing non-fiction texts and ‘real life’ speech, as well as prose, poetry and drama literary texts.  The emphasis of the course work element is analytical, similar to English Literature, but applying analytical skills to non-fiction texts.  Students will also produce a piece of original non-fiction writing.  Please be aware that if you are aiming to study English at Oxford or Cambridge, then this course is not considered as ‘academic’ as the more traditional English Literature qualification.

How is the course structured?

Unit content Unit Assessment

Component 01
Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts

16% exam, 1 hr
•    OCR anthology – 20 texts to read and analyse
•    Unseen texts

Component 02
The language of poetry and plays

32% exam, 2hrs
•    Carol Ann Duffy: Rapture
•    Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 03
Reading as a writer, writing as a reader

32% exam, 2 hrs
•    F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
•    Creative writing and commentary

Component 04
Independent study: analysing and producing texts
20% exam, Non examined assessment (course work) 
•    Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal
•    One other text for comparison
•    Original non-fiction writing