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Coursework Guidance
GCE English Literature
OCR Advanced GCE in English Literature H471 Unit F664 Texts in Time

This Coursework Guidance is designed to accompany the OCR Advanced GCE specification in English Literature for teaching from September 2008.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 Introduction Summary of Unit Content Coursework Guidance Assessment Criteria Unit F664 Texts in Time Administration/Regulations FAQs 3 4 6 16 20 24

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The new structure of assessment at Advanced level has been introduced for teaching from September 2008. The Specification is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE English, GCSE English Literature and in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 3 and 4. The Specification is set out in the form of units. This Coursework Guidance is provided in addition to the Specification to support teachers in understanding the detail necessary to prepare candidates for the Advanced level coursework Unit F664: Texts in Time. It is important to note that the Specification is the document on which assessment is based; it specifies the content and skills to be covered in delivering a course of study. At all times, therefore, this Coursework Guidance booklet should be read in conjunction with the Specification. If clarification on a particular point is needed then reference should be in the first instance to the Specification. OCR recognises that programmes of teaching and learning in preparation for this qualification will vary from centre to centre and from teacher to teacher. This Coursework Guidance is offered to support teachers and it is recognised that individual teachers may want to make modifications to the suggested materials and approaches. Further support is offered through the OCR Coursework Consultancy service for GCE English Literature (see OCR website for details).

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Unit F664: Texts in Time
The aim of this internally-assessed unit is to encourage candidates to further develop research skills acquired at AS level and to synthesise knowledge and understanding acquired through their studies in an extended individual study of literary texts across at least two of the genres of poetry, prose and drama within the same or different time periods. Literary text requirements Candidates are required to cover three texts of their choice. This must include one prose and one poetry text. The third text can be from any genre. Texts can be selected from any period and also across periods, depending on candidates’ interests. Of the three texts: • • one literary text may be a [significant/influential] text in translation; one text may be a work of literary criticism or cultural commentary.

Note: The texts chosen must not appear on any of the set text lists for the externally-assessed units at AS and A level and must not overlap with texts studied for AS Unit F662. Centres and candidates must select texts in groupings that facilitate links or contrasts, in order to develop the ability to explore how texts illuminate and connect with each other. There are different ways of linking texts, for example by movement, by time of writing, the varying forms adopted, the values explored, gender or theme. Some suggested ways of grouping are: • • • • • • • satire; travel writing; gothic writing; women and society; narrative method; romanticism; Victorian ideas and attitudes;

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modernism; post-WW2 Britain – 1945 to 1965; post-1900 perspectives on America; men and women, love and marriage; nature and the environment; tragedy and comedy.

Task requirement Candidates are required to produce one extended essay of a maximum of 3000 words. The task should be designed to enable candidates to compare texts and cover all Assessment Objectives.

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