English Literature (OCR)

Minimum entry criteria

B grade in English Language and B grade in English Literature

Board: OCR

Outline of the Course

AS Level:

Shakespeare and poetry pre 1900

  • Students study ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare (Teacher A)
  • In addition, students study ‘Paradise Lost’ Books 9 & 10 by John Milton (Teacher B)

Drama and prose post 1900

  • Students study ‘Mrs Dalloway’ by Virginia Woolf (Teacher A)
  • In addition, students study ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams (Teacher B)

A2 Level:

Drama and poetry pre 1900

  • Students study ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare (Teacher A)
  • In addition, students study ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ by John Webster and Paradise Lost Books 9 & 10  by John Milton(Teacher B)

Comparative and contextual study

  • Students compare ‘Mrs Dalloway’ with another text from a selection entitled ‘Women in Literature’ (Teacher A)
  • In addition, students study a wide selection of unseen extracts on the same theme (Teacher B)

Assessment 

Unit

Type of assessment

Duration

Weighting

 

 

 

AS

A2

1

Examination: Two essay questions: one on ‘Hamlet’ and one on ‘Paradise Lost’

1 hour 30 minutes

50%

 

2

Examination: Two essay questions: one on ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and one on ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

1 hour 45 minutes

50%

 

3

Examination: Two essay questions: one on ‘Hamlet’ and one comparing ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ and ‘Paradise Lost’

2 hours 30 minutes

 

40%

4

Examination: one essay comparing ‘Mrs Dalloway’ with another text from a selection entitled ‘Women in Literature’ and one essay on an unseen extract on the same theme

2 hours 30 minutes

 

40%

5

Coursework: One 2,000 word essay comparing 2 texts and one 1,000 word essay on a close reading of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

 

 

20%

 

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