Subject Title: IBCP English Literature
BTEC or AS/ A2 levels: A2
Grade ranges: Level 1-7
Exam Board: IBCC
Method of assessment: AS – Exam only A2: 20% coursework and exam
Controlled assessment: 30%
Final examination: 70%
Length of course: 2 years
Information about the course to include units covered
The course covers the following units, which are then assessed through a combination of the controlled assessment and final examination;
Assessment component Weighting
External assessment (4 hours) 70%
Paper 1: Literary commentary (2 hours)
The paper consists of two passages: one prose and one poetry.
Students choose one and write a literary commentary. (20 marks)
Paper 2: Essay (2 hours)
The paper consists of three questions for each literary genre.
In response to one question students write an essay based on at least two works studied in part 3. (25 marks
Students submit a reflective statement and literary essay on one work studied in part 1. (25 marks)
The reflective statement must be 300–400 words in length.
The essay must be 1,200–1,500 words in length.
This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.
Individual oral commentary and discussion (20 minutes)
Formal oral commentary on poetry studied in part 2 with subsequent questions (10 minutes) followed by a discussion based on one of the other part 2 works (10 minutes). (30 marks
Individual oral presentation (10–15 minutes)
The presentation is based on works studied in part 4. It is internally assessed and externally moderated through the part 2 internal assessment task. (30 marks)
The course is designed for students who have experience of using the language of the course in an academic context. The study of texts, both literary and non-literary, provides a focus for developing an understanding of how language works to create meanings in a culture, as well as in particular texts. All texts may be understood according to their form, content, purpose and audience, and through the social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts that produce and value them. Responding to, and producing, texts promotes an understanding of how language sustains or challenges ways of thinking and being.
Level 6+ GCSE English Language or Literature
Possible exit routes
: University ~ Teaching, reporter, academic writer, author, lawyer, translator, interpreter, public speaking, research analyst