What will I study in English Literature?
The full details of every GCSE course are given in the exam board’s ‘specification’, see weblinks at the bottom of this page.
Groups and Assessment
Students are taught in mixed ability groups.
Or Students are taught in ability based sets.
As this is a linear course, all examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11. In preparation for these external examinations, students will complete timed responses to exam style questions in controlled conditions once per half term.
There are no tiers in this GCSE course, all students take the same final exams.
Controlled Assessment and Final Examinations
There is no controlled assessment for this course
There are 2 final examinations at the end of Year 11
Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel – 1hr 45 mins – 40% of GCSE
Paper 2 - Modern texts and Poetry – 2hrs 15 mins – 60% of GCSE
Enrichment opportunities, visits and trips
The English department will organise theatre trips and workshops wherever possible to develop students understanding of the texts.
Where this Qualification Leads
The skills of close analysis and the ability to develop a cohesive argument in an essay style, are skills that are transferable to any A level course and job. Students with a passion for literature will often continue their studies to A level English Literature – a course that builds on the foundations set at GCSE.
Weblinks, Resources and Revision Help
Exam Board: AQA
A comprehensive overview for Year 10 and 11, including assessment dates, can be found in the calendar below: