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English Literature, OCR at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

Do you have a love of reading and a critical mind? This demanding but rewarding course will encourage you to read a wide variety of British, American and European literature. 
Texts currently studied cover both modern and classic periods, ranging from the 1600’s to the 21st century. The best universities and high powered professions such as Law prize the analytical skills this course will give you above many others. It fits well with other Humanities A Levels such as History and Geography

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 


You will begin the course with the study of a Shakespeare play, and will read it alongside drama and poetry written at the same time, in order to fully explore the historical context of the literary works. This will build on your close analysis skills from GCSE and allow you to begin to interpret texts independently and offer alternative ideas and theories.

Further texts will be studied thematically; options include ‘The Gothic’, ‘Women in Literature’ and ‘The Immigrant Experience’. Independent study will allow you to pursue a detailed and sustained analysis of an area of literature of particular interest to you, and to develop original and creative responses to a range of literary texts.

This course combines contemporary and classic texts and is a must for avid readers. It also encourages you to become a critical reader, and will give you the confidence to approach any text with an open mind and a wealth of knowledge.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English Literature, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. 

Further information

Ms Beth Goodliff - Subject Learning Leader



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: OCR