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English Literature at Mark Rutherford School

Course description

You will follow the OCR English Literature course which is designed to develop your interest, enjoyment and critical appreciation of a wide range of literary texts from the major literary genres of prose, poetry and drama. You will explore the relationships between texts and the significance of cultural and contextual influences and gain a greater appreciation of the richness of language and literature and its changing traditions.

The course supports the development of valuable transferable skills including sustained research, critical analysis, wider reading and extended analytical writing, all of which promote independence of thought and offer excellent preparation for study at undergraduate level.

Course content

  • To develop an understanding of some of the ways in which literature is written and read;
  • To read a substantial body of literary texts from different literary genres and periods, developing skills of independent reading and critical analysis;
  • To produce detailed, well researched analytical essays which engage critically with different literar y perspectives; there will also be an opportunity to produce some original writing.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements apply. In addition you shoul d have grade 6 or better in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students with grade 5 will be considered on an individual basis. Studying A level English Literature involves a considerable amount of time and energy.

You must be willing to complete extensive wider reading and to dedicate time to independent research. Strong organisational skills, effective time management and a real enjoyment of reading and discussion are essential prerequisites to success.


The AS course is assessed entirely by examination, whereas 80% of the two year linear A level course is assessed through examination. The two pieces of coursework completed as part of the A level course are marked internally and moderated externally by the examination board.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mark Rutherford School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

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