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The presentation of work is of an extremely high standard.

ISI 2013

English

We offer the OCR A Level in English Literature which “encourages students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of a broad range of English literature. They apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation to engage critically and creatively” with a variety of texts.

A linear course, there are two terminal examinations and a coursework portfolio to be completed.

Class sizes are small which afford the opportunity to work closely with students and develop an excellent rapport –essential when discussing Literature. Typically, classes are taught by two enthusiastic specialists with teaching mostly conducted seminar-style with students expected to bring to class their own interpretations of texts. A willingness to read widely around the set texts is requisite.

It is our custom to tailor the course to the students’ interests. In the recent past, the course has looked like this:

Drama and Poetry pre 1900: This is a two and a half hour examination. It is closed book which means students must learn the quotations and critical comments for their exam. The texts we commonly consider are Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and the Collected poems of Rossetti.

Comparative and Contextual Study: Another two and a half hour exam, this paper requires students to demonstrate their expertise in a particular genre. For the past three years students have chosen the Gothic (Frankenstien and Dracula). Other options include Dystopia,and American Literature.

Coursework: Students must produce two tasks worth 20% of the overall marks. The first task is a close analysis of a passage from a text. The second is a comparative essay wherein students showcase their knowledge of both texts and their contexts. We like to allow for personal choice and interest. Previously students have studied The History Boys, Lord of the Rings, Beowulf or The History Boys, Birdsong, WW1 Poetry.

Literature students leave with an ability to analyse forensically and argue convincingly –key portable skills in the modern marketplace. Indeed, English Literature A Level is considered a facilitating qualification, one which opens many doors of opportunity post 18.

 

The presentation of work is of an extremely high standard.

ISI 2013
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