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1 What’s your passion? Welcome A Level English Suite

2 Introduction to OCR Introduction to English Why change to our specification? Support and training Next steps Contents

3 About OCR Part of Europe’s largest assessment agency, Cambridge Assessment UK’s leading awarding body Over 13,000 centres choose our qualifications Qualifications are developed in consultation with teachers

4 Our Mission Our commitment is to provide qualifications which engage learners of all ages whether at school, college, in work and part time training programmes so they achieve their full potential make a difference PracticalAccessibleInnovative and exciting

5 Our Credentials Leading the way with new ideas Dedicated to offering respected qualifications Engaging and relevant qualifications Comprehensive support framework

6 A Level English Suite A Level English Literature A Level English Language A Level English Language & Literature Contents

7 English Suite | Credentials Developed in consultation with teachers and Heads of Department Expert handling of set texts Practical to deliver Respected and valued specifications in English

8 A Level English Literature

9 Key points in the specification Exciting coursework units offering opportunity to chose texts if you wish Option to study extracts of set texts Opportunity for learners to return to Shakespeare at A2 Understanding of the changing traditions of English Literature

10 English Literature | Critical Texts Other Awarding Bodies insist on reading complete critical texts They also specifically examine the critical text in the exam This can cause classroom time to become squeezed But with OCR there’s a more flexible approach…

11 English Literature | Critical Texts OCRs does not require learners to read specific critical texts Which makes life easier on your planning and teaching time Extracts can be used that are best suited to your learners There is no specific question set in the exam Our specification is less prescriptive

12 English Literature | AS Structure F661: Poetry and Prose 1800–1945 Learners study works of poetry and prose ranging from Robert Frost to Edith Wharton. This unit develops critical literary skills, promotes a greater understanding of the contexts in which texts are produced and explores the variety of possible interpretations. Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F662: Literature Post – 1900 Through this study of modern literature students learn to compare texts and gain confidence in their use of literary critical concepts and terminology. Learners have the opportunity to select works of individual interest.

13 English Literature | A2 Structure Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F663: Drama and Poetry Pre–1800 The study of Shakespeare is a key focus, as is the study of a literary heritage text. This includes critical analysis of structure, form and meaning, and consideration of others’ interpretations. Learners are encouraged to compare and contrast texts across the works of authors writing from 1300-1800. F664: Texts in Time Learners develop research skills and synthesise their knowledge and understanding in an extended individual study of literary texts across genres. This unit gives learns an appreciation of the cultural and contextual influences upon readers and writers, and the ways in which texts relate to literary traditions, movements and genres.

14 Stretch and Challenge Stretch and Challenge is a new QCA initiative for A Levels: Included in A2 Assessment Reflected in the style of questions asked which invite a greater variety of thinking Questions are structured to show more connections between different sections of the specification Extended writing is encouraged in all subjects (except Maths) A wider range of question types – like case studies and open ended questions More synoptic assessments – exploring connections between different areas and levels of a subject

15 A Level English Language

16 Key points in the specification ‘Language in the Media’ introduces multimodal texts Opportunity to use modern and engaging stimuli Opportunity to study language in a variety of contexts Freedom to choose texts in the coursework units

17 English Language | AS Structure Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F651: The Dynamics of Speech This unit focuses on the analysis of spoken and written English, scripted and unscripted, by children and among different groups such as friends, families, and national and local communities. It promotes a greater understanding of language acquisition and social context. F652: Texts and Audiences Learners produce coursework for internal assessment on the themes of audience and purpose, and the cultural context in which texts are produced. They can conduct a sustained individual study, examining language use, context and effect across different modes.

18 English Language | A2 Structure Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F653: Culture, Language and Identity This unit explores issues surrounding dialect, culture, power and identity, and enables a deeper understanding of stylistic variation. F654: Language in Media Learners have the opportunity to compare and analyse texts from three different modes: spoken, written and multimodal. They conduct a sustained study of language analysis and create their own writing.

19 A Level English Language and Literature

20 Key points in the specification Study of communication Stimulating range of texts Favourite language aspects combined with literary evaluation Literary analysis through creative engagement with a range of texts

21 English Language and Literature | AS Structure Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F671: Voices in Text This unit explores the representation of individual voices that create meaning in texts ranging from prose fiction to natural speech transcripts. F672: Changing Texts Learners explore creative techniques and the ways in which literary texts are constantly being reinvented and reinterpreted for different audiences and purposes.

22 English Language and Literature | A2 Structure Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F673: Voices and Power This unit focuses on the changing representation of power relationships through the genre of drama. F674: Connections Across Texts Learners have the freedom to choose influential or culturally significant works which may fall outside the accepted literary canon. This enables them to study topics of personal interest. They conduct an analytical comparison of two drama texts and write their own creative piece. This helps to develop and enhance their skills as producers and interpreters of language.

23 What’s in it for you? Easy to administer Rewarding to deliver Flexibility in teaching texts to match your interests as well as those of your students Access to support networks including peers and examining team Logical and enjoyable transition from GCSE minimising overlap, but encouraging progression and development of skills

24 What’s in it for your learners? Enjoyable and motivational Opportunity to study popular texts alongside literary canon Take a break from Shakespeare at AS and revisit it at A2 Stretch and challenge opportunities

25 What’s in it for your school? More learner enrolments Good progression routes into HE/FE Flexibility in curriculum planning and delivery

26 English Suite | Support Text books and teacher resources from Oxford University Press More INSET than ever before Overarching scheme of work and lesson plans Coursework Consultancy Service Established e-community

27 Next Steps Book training/events - Bookmark website for further information/future updates –

28 Other qualifications GCSE English GCSE English Literature GCSE Media Studies A Level Critical Thinking A Level Media Studies

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