GCSE English Literature

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The study of Literature is an integral part of the course for assessment in English Language, but most pupils will also be separately assessed for GCSE/Key Stage 4 English Literature.

In addition to the National Curriculum requirements for English Language, pupils will have to demonstrate that they can acquire first hand knowledge and understanding of literary texts, recognise and appreciate ways in which writers achieve their effects, communicate a sensitive and informed personal response to what is read and relate their study of individual texts to their wider experience of life and literature.

Assessment will consist of:

External Examination



Unit 1.

Different Cultures Prose: Response to a prescribed novel.

Contemporary Poetry: Comparison of unseen poems.

Unit 2.

Drama and Prose (Literary Heritage/Contemporary) Response to two prescribed texts.

Controlled Assessment


Unit 3. Poetry and Drama (Linked Texts): Poetry from prescribed collection and a Shakespeare play (to take place during School time)

Pupils will be entered for one of two tiers of papers depending on their level of achievement.



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