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English Literature (OCR) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This subject is a must for anyone who enjoys reading and exchanging ideas. You will study a variety of texts examining different genres and subjects. There are lots of opportunities to discuss and debate as you develop your insight. You will be expected to undertake private reading and research. The course will include, whenever possible, theatre trips to see performances of the texts studied.

Our AS and A Level English Literature course is designed to build on what students already know from GCSE and:

  • Encourage the development of critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature.
  • Develop understanding of relationships between texts and of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers.
  • Target the core skills every literature student needs to explore and understand a wide range of texts.
  • Develop the valuable transferable skills of sustained research and composition.

PLEASE NOTE: This course could run over the 3 schools. Details of where this course will run in September will be available at a later date.

Course content

AS Literature is 100% Exam based. There are two closed text examinations:

Component 1/Exam Paper 01 1 hour 30 mins/2 essay questions. – 50% of total AS Level

  • Section 1: Shakespeare: Hamlet
  • Section 2: Poetry Pre 1900: Milton: ‘Paradise Lost Books 9 & 10’*

Component 2/Exam Paper 02 (H072/02) 1 hour 45 mins/2 essay questions.- 50% of total AS Level

  • Section 1: Drama Post-1900: Williams, ‘A Streetcar named Desire’
  • Section 2: Prose post-1900: Carter, The Bloody Chamber
  • A2 Literature is a combination of closed text examinations and one extended coursework style essays:
  • Component 1/Exam Paper 01 – 2 hours 30 mins/2 essay questions:
  • Section 1: Shakespeare: Hamlet
  • Section 2: Drama and poetry pre-1900: Drama text (to be decided) Milton (cross-over with AS)*
  • Component 2/Exam Paper 02 – 2 hours 30 mins/2 essay questions:
  • Section 1: Close reading in a chosen topic area
  • Section 2: Comparative and contextual study in a chosen topic area –Gothic Literature
  • Coursework: Students will be required to write a comparative essay which is worth 20% of their overall grade.
  • Literature students will sit an AS exam at the end of Year 12. This will ensure they achieve a recognised qualification at the end of the first year of study. This mark will not transfer to A2 but many of the texts cross-over between the courses.
  • During a closed text examination, you do not take any books or copies of the poems into the examination room with you

Entry requirements

English Literature and English Language at GCSE grade 7.

Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School.

Future opportunities

A-level English Literature is a highly valued qualification and prepares students for university and entry into a diversity of professions. Here are some of the possible career opportunities:

• Barrister

• Building Surveyor

• Civil Service

• Estate Agent

• Surveyor

• Journalist

• Personal Assistant

• Press Officer

• Psychologist

• RAF Officer

• Retail Manager

• Social Worker

• Teacher

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: 17 October 2017
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