Exam Board & Code : OCR H472  Course : 2 Years to full A Level

What is English Literature about?

This is a wide ranging, thought-provoking and exciting course which includes the detailed study of twentieth century novels, plays and poetry, as well as Shakespeare and many other important writers from the past.  Students are encouraged to look for links between texts and challenge existing assumptions made about texts and writers.

Is this the course for me?

Prospective students must have studied English Literature at GCSE, and have a good pass in this subject and in English GCSE.  They should enjoy reading and reflecting upon what they read.  They should be convinced of the excitement and rewards experienced through the study of drama, poetry and novels.  They must also be prepared to develop their essay writing skills and their skills of analysis in order to be successful in this subject.

What else do I need to know?

The department runs theatre trips to London, as well as having visiting speakers.  They are always keen to run more trips and to hear of new productions.  Students are also offered the opportunity to take part in the annual Rotary Club Public Speaking event.

What do other students say?

‘It’s not just reading and writing; there are lively discussions which are great fun – an opportunity not to be missed.’
‘You can gain so much from the discussions in these lessons, it really helps develop your confidence, and you never know where the discussion might lead.’

Where could it lead?

Journalism, creative writing, teaching, drama, law and publishing are some of the possibilities.

How is this course structured?
Unit Content Unit Assessment

Component 01


Drama and poetry pre-1900

Hamlet or The Tempest

A Doll's House or An Ideal Husband

Rossetti or Chaucer         

 40%  Exam 2 hrs 30

Component 02 

Close reading in a topic area

Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area

American Literature 1880-1940, or

Dystopian Fiction

there will be one unseen prose extract to analyse

40% Exam 2 hrs 30

Component 03

Re-creative writing piece with commentary

Comparative essay

Literature post-1900

Three texts including one published in 2000 or later  

20% exam, non examined assessment (coursework)