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International Baccalaureate - English Literature - Higher & Standard Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

The IB English programme is an exciting and varied course.  It will transform the way that you think about Literature and will radically enhance your skills of analysis, argument and your own writing ability.   World Literature forms a very important part of the programme which for the first time will allow you to study books in translation, opening your eyes to a whole new world of authors, poets and playwrights from around the Globe. This is alongside the continuing study of the traditional greats of English Literature like Shakespeare. As well as traditional examinations, you will be assessed by coursework that will give you some freedom to design your own assignments and by oral presentations that you will deliver to the class. If you have a love of literature, if you want to know more about the great variety of literature in the world and if you want to improve your own writing and presentation skills then this is the course for you.


Course content

The course is divided into four parts and, at Higher Level, requires candidates to study 13 texts and at Standard Level candidates will study 10 texts.
The full list of texts and be found in IB prospectus.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in English Literature.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at 9-6 (A*-B) including English Language and Mathematics.


External Assessment - 70%
Paper One - written commentary based on unseen material - 20%
Paper Two - one essay chosen from six genre-based questions and four general questions - to be answered on Part 3 works - 25%
World Literature Assignments - 25%

Internal Assessment - 30%
Individual Oral Commentary:
- Higher Level - 20 minutes HL - 10 mins SL - extract from a text in Part Two
Individual Oral Presentation - 10-15 minutes - a topic based on works in Part Four.


Future opportunities

Studying English will equip you with the invaluable communication and comprehension skills to progress with confidence to any higher education course or to enter the world of work.

Further information

The I.B.O.s mission statement:

'The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.'

IB learners are:

- Enquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Risk-takers
- Thinkers
- Good communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Reflective

The ideal IB student will also have acquired a sense of caring and compassion, and will recognise the importance of a balance between his/her intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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