GCSE English Literature (AQA)
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” - To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)
GCSE English Literature will give you the opportunity to study classic literature, contemporary novels, plays and poetry. Not only will you learn how the English language can be used for expressive and dramatic effect, but you will also explore the world from a range of perspectives, through different times and cultures.
Poetry is “the best words in the best order.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This course is 100% exam at the end of year 11. All students will sit the same exam, there are no tiers. All exams are closed text. This means students won’t have a copy of the text with them in the exam.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the Nineteenth-Century novel(written exam – 40%)
Section A – Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their choice of play. They will be required to write about an extract from the play and link it to the text as a whole.
Section B – The Nineteenth-Century novel: students will answer one question on their novel. They will be required to write about an extract from the play and link it to the text as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (written exam – 60%)
Section A – Modern texts: students will answer one essay question on their play.
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.