GCSE English Literature


The specification takes a skills-based approach to the study of English literature that is consistent across the genres; it has been designed to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is spread over two papers, grouping similarly structured questions together, to allow students to maintain their focus. Paper 1 takes the form of a 1 hour 45 minute written exam on a Shakespeare text and a 19th-century novel (40%of the qualification). Paper 2 takes the form of a 2 hour 15 minute written exam on a modern text and a corpus of poetry

(60% of the qualification).

What are the entry requirements?

All students will study GCSE English Literature (alongside GCSE English Language). The exam board is AQA.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Being a literate reader widens horizons and opens up a lifetime of opportunities. Reading enables students to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Exam board:   AQA