As the component is designed as an individual research task producing extended individual study, centres are very much encouraged to allow candidates some choice. We would usually advise that if a cohort are all analysing the same two texts, a greater variety of task titles might create better opportunities for students to develop their independent skills of reading and research.
Do bear in mind that the text and task approval service (see specification page 40) is mandatory and therefore all text and task combinations for each cohort must be approved by OCR, which can help in managing student choice. However, OCR recognises that programmes of teaching and learning in preparation for this qualification will vary from centre to centre and from teacher to teacher. We suggest that it is best to base your decision on logistics and resources within your centre to ensure that the coursework can be managed effectively in the time and to ensure that students can be best supported by teachers in their work.
It is therefore just as acceptable for teachers to nominate the coursework texts as it is for candidates to select the texts themselves, however we would recommend some optionality.