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English Literature B GCE A Level (OCR) at Guiseley School

Course description

This subject is a two year, linear A level course.  This means that the whole course is assessed in Year 13. 


If you are passionate about books, then you're a certain type of person. For you, writing is important: stimulating or frustrating, transporting or infuriating - but always vital and energizing. Poetry, plays, novels, biography - they all speak to you directly: and most important you have something fresh and relevant to say about them! The course will accommodate your views, many of your preferences and all of your critical energies.

Entry requirements

Students should achieve a minimum of:

5 GCSEs grade 4-9, which must include Maths and English Language or Literature.

In addition, GCSE grade 5 is required in the subject areas chosen to study at A level.


The areas of study will require the development of the student’s knowledge and understanding of:

· The ways in which writers shape meanings in texts.

· How individual texts can be interpreted by different readers.

· The ways in which texts relate to each other and how they are affected by the 

   contexts in which they are written and read.

NB: All examinations at A level are ‘closed book' i.e. no texts are allowed.


COMPONENT 1:       To be assessed by a 150 min written exam: 40% of A level

This involves the study of the following areas:

A. A Shakespeare play

B. Drama and Poetry pre-1900


COMPONENT 2:       To be assessed by a 150 min written exam: 40% of A level

The area of study here centres on texts from within a choice of topic areas:

· American Literature 1880-1940

· Gothic

· Dystopia

· Women in Literature

· The Immigrant Experience

Assessment focuses on:

A. Close reading of two texts

B. A comparative and contextual study in the chosen topic area


COMPONENT 3:       To be assessed in-centre 20% of A level

The ‘coursework’ element comprises:

A. A close reading or re-creative writing piece with student commentary.

B. An essay comparing two texts from the chosen area




Future opportunities


A variety of routes. English Literature is prized by all FE establishments. Will fit students in particular for: academic study; advertising; creative arts degrees; arts-based study; librarianship; sociology; specific areas of media (some journalism/radio/TV); teaching (all levels); advertising. In fact, all careers in which creativity and communication skills are useful.

Further information


A variety, including: individual research and study; student presentations; discussion; IWB presentations; textual analysis; 1:1 guidance tutorials; seminars; lectures/visits as appropriate; theatre and film visits.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September