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New A-level could feature Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal

12/05/2014 Joanna
Pupils could be required to study texts by Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal as part of a new A-level offered by the Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Art (OCR) exam board.

The new texts would be studied alongside more traditional material such as Shakespeare's plays and the work of Charlotte Bronte. 

As part of the reformed syllabus, pupils would analyse extracts from Brand's testimony on drug use to a parliamentary committee and an interview of Dizzee Rascal by Jeremy Paxman. They could also study the Twitter feed of author and blogger Caitlin Moran and the writings of the Secret Footballer, who has written anonymously about the sport.

Hester Glass, OCR subject specialist for English language and literature, said: "By creating a new model with a linguistic approach to literary texts, we aim to set a new gold standard to transform the A-level into a more valuable, distinctive qualification."

However, a Department for Education spokesman criticised the content of the proposed syllabus and told the Guardian it could stop students from getting into good universities.

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