EXAM BOARD: AQA
TITLE: AQA GCSE English Literature
Pupils are entered for a separate GCSE in English Literature. This course focuses on a wide range of literary texts including modern prose and drama, Shakespeare, poetry (both in collections and unseen), and a nineteenth century literary prose text.
Students are assessed in two exams and the combined marks from each unit give them their final GCSE grade.
Shakespeare and c19th Novel. This is the examination unit and requires students to answer a question on their Shakespeare text where they will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then about the play as a whole. They will then answer one question on their c19th novel where they will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to about the novel as a whole. The exam is worth 40% of the total marks.
Modern Texts and Poetry. This is an examination unit and students will answer on three sections in total. They will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text. Then students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster. Finally, students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem. The exam is worth 60% of total marks.
The course aims to give students opportunities to develop their skills in reading, understanding and responding to a wide range of literary texts; to appreciate the ways in which authors create their texts, and to understand the social, historical and cultural contexts of the texts. Students will also learn how to respond to unseen texts and extracts from the texts they have studied, applying analytical skill to texts which they have not previously encountered, requiring students to draw upon their own knowledge and insight.
Students may also wish to progress on to A’Level English Literature or English Language and Literature.
The course aims to develop the students’ skills in reading, understanding, responding to and evaluating a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry, prose and drama. The course also encourages students to develop their own ideas and communicate them using an effective, appropriate style in both writing and speaking tasks, while also teaching them to listen, understand and respond appropriately to others. Assessment of spelling, punctuation and grammar is included in the assessment of writing.
routes for progression:
These skills are applicable to all aspects of employment and future study. For A’Level study, employment and university study, a GCSE English Language grade of 6 or above is usually a requirement. Students may also wish to progress on to A’Level English Literature or English Language and Literature, both of which are offered for Sixth Form study by the department