A Level Course Structure

The structure of the Course

We currently offer the OCR specification. Students complete the A Level course over two years. They sit all externally examined units at the end of the two year course.
The aims of the OCR specification are to encourage learners to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they:

  • read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves
  • engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them
  • develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing
  • explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations

A Level Components

Component 1 (40% of total A Level)

  • Shakespeare – Hamlet

You will answer two questions worth 15 marks each.

  • Drama and poetry pre-1900 – Christina Rossetti poetry and The Duchess of Malfi

You will answer one question worth 30 marks from a choice of six questions.

Component 2 (40% of total A Level)

  • Close reading in chosen topic area – Women in Literature

You will answer one question worth 30 marks about how the unseen extract relates to your chosen topic.

  • Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area

You will answer one question worth 30 marks from a choice of three on the two texts you have studied (Jane Eyre and Sense and Sensibility).

Component 3 (worth 20% of total A Level)

  • Close reading analysis (Wilfred Owen’s war poetry)

You will answer one question on the chosen text for your coursework essay.

  • Comparative essay (World War One literature)

You will answer one question on the chosen texts for your coursework essay.