English Literature GCSE

Core Subject

Exam Board: AQA       
Course Leader: Miss Caroline Smart

The new AQA English Literature specification has is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability.

A range of texts are included to cater for the variety of needs of all students. There are texts that will be familiar, as well as new ones that will inspire young readers.

It will be taught alongside GCSE English Language, so students will benefit from the transferable skills.

For more information, visit the AQA website for the specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What's assessed
How it's assessed
  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What's assessed
How it's assessed
  • written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.