GCSE English Literature

English Literature is taught as part of our single integrated course with English Language. Assessment will be through written examination.

Students will follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE specification. They are taught in form groups.

Year 9 marks a transition to focus on the skills of literary analysis and formal essay writing necessary for Key Stage 4. Building on students’ enthusiasm and experience we extend the difficulty of the texts studied whilst maintaining creativity and intellectual stimulation. We are keen to extend the range and ambition of our students’ reading. The areas studied will include:

  • a 20th Century novel – 1984 or Of Mice and Men
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet or Henry V
  • Poetry from other cultures
  • Modern play leading to writing own monologue for inter-house competition
  • 19th Century fiction and non-fiction
  • English Language Paper 1

Assessment will mirror the GCSE 100% Examination.

In Years 10 to 11

Examination 100%

Paper 1 Shakespeare Play and Post-1914 Literature 50%

I hour 45 minutes Closed book

  • Section A – Shakespeare: a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines. The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.
  • Section B – Post-1914 British play or novel: ONE essay question.

Paper 2 19th Century novel and poetry collection from Pearson Anthology

2 hours 15 minutes Closed book

  • Section A – 19th Century novel: a two part question, with the first part focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.

  • Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper. Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

Full details of the GCSE English Literature course can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html 

Miss A. Wilkie          (Head of English)