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A Teacher’s Guide to OCR AS F662: Literature Post-1900

Paul Merrell | Friday October 18, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, Hot Entries, Poetry, Prose, Analysing Prose, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, Re-Creative Writing, OCR A Level English Literature, F662, KS5 Archive, OCR A Level

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This is, by far, my favourite unit to teach across OCR’s A Level – and it is the one that, most fairly, seems to reward the hard work of the pupil.

Whereas the F661 and F663 examination units can be, understandably, nerve-wracking affairs, and the F664 coursework requires a complex juggling act of a range of challenging texts, F662 feels pleasantly straightforward. What’s more, the fact it is worth 40% of your pupils’ marks makes it a unit for which it is well worth ensuring you prepare them as well as possible

What I think is especially exciting about this unit, from the point of view of the teacher, is the flexibility it offers: you get to choose the texts, you get to pick the focus for the writing and – as far as Task One is concerned – you can even choose the type of task. This enables you to create a stimulating course that suits your own particular interests and those of your pupils: our department uses this unit as a key selling point for studying English Literature at A Level.

However, the sheer number of possibilities available here can, obviously, be a touch intimidating to the member of staff responsible. When the only real restriction is that one of the texts you study must have been published or performed after 1990, you have quite a range of texts from which to pick! Likewise, deciding on whether your pupils would prefer the ‘re-creative’ option, if you’ve never delivered it before, is not an easy choice to make.

Clearly, it would not be possible to write a guide that covers all the texts available for F662 - thus, the idea of this paper is to ensure that you, as the teacher, are clear on the demands, and the possibilities, of this unit. Overall, I hope to make clear that the more ambitious you are with your choices here, the more fun you will have over the course of the year!

Associated Resources

  • F662 Suggested Tasks from OCR.docx
  • F662 Coursework Sheet Wide...

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