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English Literature - A Level at The Boswells School

Course description

Year 12 students are following the OCR AS level English Literature course.

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to:

Read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected

for themselves.
Engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.
Develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing.

Unit 1 F661: Poetry & Prose 1800 -1945

In this unit students will critically analyse poetry by one named poet and study a prose text from the period 1800 -1945, focusing on narrative methods and effects and linking to other readers’ interpretations.

Unit 2 F662: Coursework Post 1900 Literature

In this unit students complete two pieces of coursework. One piece consists of a close

critical analysis of a section of a chosen post 1900 text or a piece of re-creative writing based on a post 1900 text, with a candidate commentary.

The second piece is an essay exploring connections between texts informed by other readers’ interpretations.

Year 13 students follow the A2 English Literature course from OCR.

Unit 3 - F663 - Drama and Poetry pre-1800 (closed text)

Section A

The focus of this section of the course is the study of a Shakespeare play. Two essay questions are offered on each text; candidates answer one question on the play they have studied.

Each question presents a view of the play; candidates are required to present a sustained literary judgement in response to the question’s proposition and demonstrate critical understanding in analysing ways in which the play’s structure, form and language shape meaning and effects.

Section B

This section requires candidates to explore contrasts, connections and comparisons between different literary texts. In the exam answers candidates must refer to one drama text and one poetry text

Unit 4 - F664 - Coursework

In this unit candidates are encouraged to further develop research skills acquired at AS level and to synthesise knowledge and understanding acquired through their studies in an extended individual study of literary text across at least two of the genres of poetry, prose and drama.
Candidates are required to cover three texts. This must include one prose and one poetry text. The third text can be from any genre. Texts can be selected from any period and also across periods, depending on candidates’ interests. Teachers and candidates will select texts in groupings that facilitate links or contrasts, in order to develop the ability to explore how texts illuminate and connect with each other. Candidates are required to produce one extended essay of a maximum of 3000 words.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Boswells School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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