GCSE English Literature
Examination Subject: English Literature
Examination Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: AQA
Tiers of Entry: There are no tiers, all students sit the same exam
Note: this course is 100% exam, there is no controlled assessment or coursework. Students cannot take copies of the texts they have studied into the exam
You will read, discuss and explore a range of both contemporary and English literary heritage novels, plays, poetry. You will be encouraged to explore language and structure, characters, themes and ideas, and develop your own personal response to texts. You will learn to read closely, compare texts and explore writing in its context.
- read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
- read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
- develop the habit of reading widely and often
- appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
- write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
- acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.
Summary of Assessment
Read, understand and respond to texts: maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response; use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate
Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written
Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation
Structure of Units & Examination Papers
100% Exam, no coursework, there are 2 exam papers
Shakespeare plays (one whole play studied in detail)
The 19th-century novel (one whole novel in detail)
How it's assessed
1 hour 45 minute written exam
40% of GCSE
Modern prose or drama texts
The poetry anthology
How it's assessed
2 hour 15 minute written exam
60% of GCSE
Key Exam Dates.
All exams take place in the summer of year 11. There is no early entry.
Progression from this examination:
Students move on to A/AS Level English Literature from this examination.
Progression into teaching, journalism, law
The most prodigious Universities (Russell group, Oxbridge) favour advanced study of English Literature for many career paths.
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