What will be studied?
Studying GCSE English Literature provides students with a platform for reading a variety of literary heritage and modern texts, including plays, poetry and prose. Opportunities to develop analytical and evaluative skills, as well as comprehension, enable them to become better readers, and appreciate the beauty of the English language by exploring how it has changed and developed over time. A Shakespeare and modern play, a C19th novel, as well as a range of poetry will be studied throughout the two year course. An understanding of the social and historical context of these texts is further explored to enable students to develop their thinking and ideas.
What will lead to success in this course?
Reading a range of similar texts to those studied in class will help support the progress made in this course. The library is well stocked with more Shakespeare, poetry, plays and novels of the same time and genre. Similarly, engaging with the online revision material available for each unit will support home learning. Researching the times and historical importance for the settings of the texts will also lead to success.
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How is the course assessed?
The assessment for this subject is based on two components:
Paper 1: Shakespeare and C19th Novel. Students will explore Macbeth and Jekyll and Hyde. This exam, which is worth 50% of the overall grade requires students to analyse and explore an extract taken from each text. They then need to demonstrate their knowledge of the wider text and the social and historical context of the times.
Paper 2: Modern text, poetry anthology and unseen poetry This exam which is worth 50% of the overall grade assesses student’s knowledge of the plot, characters and themes in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’. It also assesses their comparative and analytical skills using poems from the published anthology and poems that have not been seen in lessons.
What will this qualification lead to?
This qualification opens a range of opportunities to students in later life in a variety of fields. For those wanting to learn more, A-level literature is available to students in the Sixth Form. The skills developed during the course teach students to think critically, research their ideas, apply analytical models and communicate their ideas.