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English Literature at Queen Mary's Grammar School

Course description

The ability to understand the character and motivation of those around you is a useful
tool in any circumstance: being “well read” also engenders a better understanding of
human nature throughout the ages, whilst providing access to social, historical and
political commentary, written by men and women within prominent Literary circles. The
subject offers a challenging and enjoyable programme of study for all those with an
interest in and enthusiasm for Literature across all genres. Universities regard this
subject as an academic and rigorously assessed certificate, and without doubt see it as
an indicator of a well-rounded student.

Course content

AS Level Course Content:
There are two components of assessment for the OCR AS Level in English Literature
qualification. The OCR AS Level in English Literature qualification will build on the
knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, introducing learners to the
discipline of advanced literary studies, and requires reading of all the major literary
genres of poetry, prose and drama. Students are required to study a minimum of four
texts at AS level including at least one example of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. This must include at least one text published before 1900.
A Level:
The OCR A Level in English Literature will extend students‟ studies beyond AS Level in breadth and depth, further developing learners‟ ability to analyse, evaluate and make connections. Students are required to study a minimum of eight texts at A level, including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. Some of these texts intentionally overlap with the AS Level course to allow for greater flexibility and „co-teaching‟.

Set texts must include:
• at least three texts published before 1900, including at least one text by Shakespeare
• at least one work first published or performed after 2000
• at least one unseen text.

The department has chosen the following to satisfy that criteria:
'Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare (as per AS Level)
One of either „Duchess of Malfi‟ or „A Doll‟s House‟
Selected poems by Chaucer (as per AS Level)
At least two texts from the genre: “ American Literature 1880-1940”


Entry requirements

You will need at least 7 B grades at GCSE* (including English and Maths). We normally expect at least a grade A (A* for Further Maths) in subjects which you wish to pursue at A level. 


Examinations and coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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