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    English Literature

    OCR Linear A Level English Literature

    This is an exciting and challenging course which introduces you to some great texts from 1300 to the present day. The course covers all three genres: Prose, Poetry and Drama.


    You will study 8 texts, 4 in the first year and 4 in the second year.

    A typical programme of study:

    • A Shakespeare play such as Hamlet, The Tempest or Twelfth Night.
    • A Selection of Poetry such as Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Books 9 & 10 or Selected Poems by Coleridge.
    • A Modern Drama such as A Streetcar Named Desire, The History Boys, Jerusalem or That Face.
    • A Modern Prose Text such as The Great Gatsby, The Bloody Chamber, 1984 or Mrs Dalloway.
    • A Classic Drama Text such as The Duchess of Malfi, She Stoops to Conquer or A Doll’s House.
    • A Genre Study such as American Literature, the Gothic, Dystopia or Women in Literature. (Two texts)
    • Coursework which focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century texts.

    Assessment: There are TWO examinations and a Coursework component:

    Drama and Poetry Pre-1900

    2 hours, 30 minutes

    Comparative and Contextual Study

    2 hours, 30 minutes

    Non-Examined Component (Coursework)

    Close Reading/Recreative Task (1000 words)

    Comparative Essay (2000 words)

    This is a very popular subject at CSG and the course introduces you to all that is best in Literary Heritage and Contemporary Literature.

    A Level English Literature a very well-respected, prestigious subject, highly valued by universities and employers.

    Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above at GCSE including English language, English literature and mathematics.

    Exam board: OCR