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English Literature

GCSE English Literature 

English Literature – GCSE

The statutory requirements for GCSE English Literature are:

• At least one play by Shakespeare
• At least one 19th century novel
• A selection of poetry since 1979, including Romantic poetry
• A post-1919 fiction drama from the British Isles.

Different exam boards specify the use of varying texts within these categories, but you would expect to choose from some of the following:

Shakespeare Play
Much Ado about Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Ceaser

19th century novel:
A Christmas Carol
Great Expectations
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Jane Eyre
Pride and Prejudice

Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm
Never Let Me Go
Anita and Me

Post 1919 Fiction Drama:
An Inspector Calls
Blood Brothers
History Boys
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

You will be tested in two written exams, and evaluated on reading comprehension, reading critically and writing, which can be broken down into the following:

• Literal and inferential comprehension
• Critical Reading
• Evaluation of writer’s choice of vocabulary
• Comparing texts
• Producing clear and coherent texts
• Accurate standard English (such as spelling, punctuation and grammar)


A-Level English Literature 

There are three exam papers for the English A-Level qualification, and are split into Poetry and Prose, Drama and Shakespeare and other pre-20th century texts.

The English Literature A-Level syllabus is designed to ensure students develop an understanding and enjoyment of literary texts, gain the ability to write clearly and effectively and are able to analyse complex texts in different forms and styles.

The key components of learning will include;

• Structure of text and how this contributes to meaning and effect.
• The characteristics of different genres
• Conventions that are traditional features in different types of text, such as dialogue and action in a play.
• The context of a relationship between text and its historical, social or cultural background.
• How an audience or reader interacts with the text.
• The use of language and style in different genres, and for different audiences

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