A Level English Literature

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What Board do we do? OCR, A Level subject code: H472

What is English Literature?
This examination is designed for students who have gained high grades in GCSE/IGCSE English Language & Literature (or equivalent) and who possess an ability to analyse language together with a love of reading.

Which subjects combine well with English Literature?
English Literature combines extremely well with such subjects as History, Government & Politics and Sociology. The emphasis on writing essays which involve textual analysis, formal language, and logical arguments will inevitably also improve performance in these other subjects.

What careers and university courses can English Literature lead to?
English Literature is one of a handful of gold plated A Levels that are highly regarded by universities precisely because of the fact that it is still deemed to be very challenging. As well as leading to the possibility of studying English itself, students also find that it facilitates entry to a wide variety of other degree courses, such as Law, Politics, History of Art, and Anthropology.

AS (H072) 
Component 1 (50% AS)
Written Examination (1 hour 30 minutes)
One question on a Shakespeare play and one question on a pre-1900 poet. 

Component 2 (50% AS)
Written Examination (1 hour 45 minutes)
One question on a post 1900 drama text and one question on a post-1900 prose text.

A Level (H472)
Component 1 (40% A Level)
Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes)
One question on Shakespeare and one question comparing a pre-1900 drama text with a pre1900 poetry text.

Component 2 (40% A Level)
Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes)
First question involves analysis of unseen extract. Second question involves comparison of two novels from selected topic area.

Component 3 (20% A Level)

Essay 1: Closed reading of extract

Essay 2: Essay involving comparison of two chosen texts.

All examinations are closed texts (no books are allowed in the exam).


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