GCSE English Literature

Why study this course?

English Literature is an integral part of the KS4 curriculum and is compulsory study for all students. Through this course they will learn:

  • To develop the skills to read for deeper meaning.
  • How to write from different character’s points of view.
  • To explore the importance of themes and ideas in different texts.
  • How writers use form, structure and language to create different effects.
  • To develop your analytical response to a wide range of texts.
  • How to explain your views on poetry, prose and drama.

Students will study from a wide range of texts, spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Students will study Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, `A Christmas Carol´ by Charles Dickins and `An Inspector Calls´ by J. B. Priestley. Students will also study a wide range of poetry using the AQA Poetry Anthology. The course is structured to give students a clear understanding of the relationships between writer and audience, as well as between text and the context in which it was written and received.

How will I be assessed?

The literature course culminates in two exams at the end of Year 11.


Exam 1 – 40%
Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
1 hour 45 minutes
19th century literature
Exam 2 – 60%
Modern texts and poetry
2 hours 15 minutes
Modern texts
Poetry (from the Anthology)Unseen poetry

To find out more information:

Speak to Miss Lovegrove, Head of English or look on the AQA exam board website: www.aqa.org.uk