Sixth-formers taking a new English A-level may be asked to study comedian Russell Brand's evidence on drugs policy and interviews with music star Dizzee Rascal as part of the course, it has been disclosed.
Tweets by broadcaster and columnist Caitlin Moran and memoirs such as Twelve Years A Slave are also on the text list for the qualification, alongside poetry, plays and fiction by writers such as George Orwell, and William Blake.
The new English Language and Literature course, drawn up by the OCR exam board and the English and Media Centre (EMC), is one of the new A-levels due to be introduced in schools in England next year, as part of a Government overhaul designed to toughen up exams.
OCR and the EMC said that the range of texts included in the course is "the most diverse yet for any English A-level".
The text list includes Russell Brand's evidence on drugs policy which was presented to the House of Commons, pieces by The Secret Footballer, who has written anonymously about professional football, memoirs, the transcript of a BBC Newsnight interview with Dizzee Rascal, poems by Emily Dickinson and William Blake, and works by Orwell, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte.
The aim of the course is for students to "develop the skills to analyse any text, whether spoken or written, literary or non-literary, in the most appropriate way," the organisations said.
It added that those studying a play like The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde will have to look at ideas such as form, structure and dramatic techniques, while those reading the transcript of the Dizzee Rascal interview will look at concepts like purpose and audience.
OCR English Language and Literature subject specialist Hester Glass said that in the past, the qualification had lacked a clear identity and they were aiming to set a new gold standard to make the A-level into a "valuable, distinctive qualification".
"It will provide a firm grounding for university and improve employability in any field that requires an ability to use language in a practical, agile and articulate way - from science, business or politics to the arts," she said.
EMC co-director Barbara Bleiman said: "The new A-level will introduce new approaches and scope for more creative writing, while offering teachers and students the flexibility to explore an extremely broad variety of styles, methodologies and genres.
"Taking on board feedback from teachers, we've created a specification with a superb choice of texts, from familiar names like George Orwell, Shakespeare and Charlotte Bronte to fresh voices including Grayson Perry, Allie Brosh and poet Jacob Sam-La Rose. From graphic novels like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, to comedy scripts, TV screenplays and journalism, the course offers great diversity, within a set of broad parameters."
The course now has to be submitted to exams regulator Ofqual for approval.
A Department for Edcuation spokesman said: "All new A-levels must be accredited by the independent exams regulator Ofqual against more rigorous criteria based on evidence submitted by university professors.
"This exam has not been accredited and we await Ofqual's decision with interest.
"New A-levels also have to go through a new review process, undertaken by academics from Russell Group universities, to ensure high quality content."