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English Literature AS/A2 Level (OCR) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

A Level English Literature Examining Board - OCR

Why is Big Brother called Big Brother? Is it true that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife? What makes tragedy tragic? And should a good writer begin a sentence with a conjunction? For the answers to these and many other questions, consider A Level English Literature. A Level Literature is challenging, exciting and rewarding. Here’s how it works. You read something and then we ask you what it means. We don’t tell you. We know that the best results come from independent thinking, not remembering something you’ve been told. Literature is not for the faint-hearted. There is a lot of reading involved, from Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, from Oscar Wilde to Tennessee Williams. This is a challenging A Level subject but one valued by universities even if you are not continuing to study Literature at University. Not only is it valued as excellent preparation for careers such as Law but is also a ‘facilitating subject’ for a variety of Oxbridge degrees (including MFL). Results in this subject are good, with a number of A* grades awarded in the first year of this grade being awarded. English Literature At NHGS from 2015 we will study the new OCR English Literature course. A-Level Component 1: Shakespeare with Drama and Poetry pre-1900. 40% Exam Studying texts such as “Hamlet” and “Measure for Measure” alongside, Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” and the poetry of Christina Rossetti. Component 2: Close Reading with Comparative and Contextual Study. 40% Exam Focus on a topic such as The Gothic, American Literature 1880-1940 or Dystopia Component3: Critical piece and Linked Texts Essay. 20% Non-Exam We study a prose, poetry and drama text, all written after 1900 and at least one published after 2000.


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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years