Why Choose This Subject at GCSE?
This subject is compulsory at GCSE.
The pass rate for both at Grades 9-4 is usually 100% with high proportions of Grades 9-7. Students will begin their GCSE English Literature course in Year 9, focusing on skills and some poetry content.
Summary of the Course
Shakespeare & The 19th-century novel
How it’s assessed
- Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
- 64 marks
- 40% of GCSE
Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Modern texts and Poetry
How it’s assessed
- Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
- 96 marks
- 60% of GCSE
Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
GCSE English Literature 8702
The GCSE English Literature course takes a skills-based approach to the study of English Literature that is consistent across the genres. It is entirely co-teachable with GCSE English Literature and offers excellent preparation for A-level English Literature, as well as giving students a grounding in a wide variety of literature that will stay with them for life.
There are two components to GCSE English Literature:
- Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (In this component you will usually study either ‘Romeo and Juliet’ or ‘The Merchant of Venice’)
- Modern texts and poetry (In this component you will study ‘An Inspector Calls’, a selection of poems from the AQA Poetry Anthology and a range of other poetry)
How is This Subject Assessed?
GCSE English Literature is assessed in two written exam papers at the end of the course.
All examinations are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the examination.
All examinations are compulsory.