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GCSE English Literature

Course title: GCSE English Literature
Exam board: AQA
Available grades: GCSE U-9
Content overview: AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal responseuse textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Assessment: Paper 1

  • Section A: Shakespeare- Macbeth (34 marks, 21.25% of GCSE)
  • Section B: Nineteenth Century Novel – A Christmas Carol (30 marks 18.75% of GCSE)
  • Assessed: written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (total 64 marks, 50% of GCSE)  

Paper 2

  • Section A: Modern TextsAn Inspector Calls (34 marks, 21.25% of GCSE)
  • Section B: WritingStudied Poetry– Power and Conflict (30 marks, 18.75% of GCSE)
  • Section Ci: Response to an unseen poem: (24 marks, 15% of GCSE)
  • Section Cii: Comparative response to unseen poems: (8 marks, 5% of GCSE)
  • Assessed: written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (total 96 marks, 50% of GCSE)
Skills required to be successful:

Reading, writing, analytical skill, perception and attention to detail, creativity, well developed vocabulary, accurate application of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Further study links:
  • A Level English/English LiteratureMediaDrama/theatre studies
  • Pairs well with History and humanities subjects.
Career opportunities:
  • English teacher
  • Writer
  • Journalism
  • Administration/office
  • LibrarianEditor
  • Copywriter
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Any role which requires good skills of communication, written and spoken