The non-examination component is marked and moderated by the centre and standardised by OCR. It comprises two non-exam assessment tasks:
- Task 1: Analytical and comparative writing: one essay of 1500 – 2000 words on a non-fiction text chosen from a list set by OCR and a second free choice text selected by the candidate. At least one text must have been published post-2000.
- Task 2: Original non-fiction writing: one piece of original writing in a non-fiction form of approximately 1000 – 1200 words with a 150 word introduction.
The non-examination component gives students an opportunity to work independently, pursuing a particular interest and developing an expertise that builds on an area of study from elsewhere in the course. Both tasks arise from the work of the course and are designed to be integrated with the examination components.