All students will study the AQA GCSE qualifications in both English Language and English Literature (two separate GCSEs).
What is English Literature?
The study of English Literature at this level is designed to build on students’ experience of the range of reading already acquired. The course involves the study of novels, plays and poetry from a range of historical periods, all originating from the British Isles. Students are encouraged to develop their skills as perceptive and critical readers, and clear, focused writers. Texts are studied from a modern perspective and are also placed within their social and historical contexts.
Throughout the two-year course students will study:
- A 19th Century Novel
- A Collection of Poetry from 1789 onwards (AQA Power and Conflict Anthology)
- A Shakespeare Play
- 20th Century Fiction from the British Isles (Play or Prose)
Students will demonstrate their understanding of all of the texts studied, exploring themes, ideas and the writer’s craft (use of language, structure and literary devices).
|Year 10||Year 11|
|Aut.1||Language Paper 1||Shakespeare (Literature)|
|Aut.2||19th-century novel (Literature)||Spoken Language|
|Spr.1||Power & Conflict poetry (Literature)||Language Paper 2|
|Spr.2||Modern Text (Literature)||Revision|
|Sum.1||Unseen Poetry (Literature)||Revision|
How is it assessed?
At the end of Year 11, students will sit two exam papers for English Literature, totalling 4 hours of examination. Both examinations will be ‘closed book’ assessments meaning that students will not be able to take copies of texts into the exams with them.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel (40%)
- Section A: Shakespeare
- Section B: 19th Century Novel
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (60%)
- Section A: Modern Texts
- Section B: Comparative Poetry
- Section C: Unseen Poetry
5% of the total marks will be awarded for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
What does it lead to?
In addition to leading to further study in English Literature, this course is a valuable preparation for study in a range of subjects: Humanities, Foreign Languages and any essay based subject. Some further education courses may value or require a good pass in English Literature.
You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use English on the BBC Bitesize website.
For example careers that can lead from this subject click here.