Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012.
All centres must deliver the updated specification (Version 5 below) from September 2014.

Specification

Useful Downloads

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 02 May 2014
(Version 5) NOTE: All centres must deliver this updated specification from September 2014.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 September 2012
(Version 4) NOTE: CCEA will NOT be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

Related Circular

English Literature Update (Circular S/IF/22/17)
(PDF), Last Updated: 07 April 2017

Instructions to Teachers (S/IF/64/14)
(PDF), Last Updated: 14 January 2015

Updated GCSE English Literature Specification (S/IF/32/14)
(PDF), Last Updated: 07 August 2014

Instructions to Teachers: February 2014 Uploads (S/IF/12/14)
(PDF), Last Updated: 05 March 2014

Change to Unseen Poem (S/IF/08/14)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 January 2014

eCandidate Record Sheets - Scope for Summer 2014 (S/IF/72/13)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 September 2013

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) and the use of Scribes (S/IF/29/13)
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 May 2013

Instructions to Teachers: Transfer of controlled assessment marks (S/IF/11/13)
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 February 2013

Revised Component Codes for Unit 2. “The Study of Drama and Poetry” (S/IF/03/13)
(PDF), Last Updated: 25 January 2013

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (S/IF/53/12)
(PDF), Last Updated: 17 October 2012

English Language, English Literature and English Update (S/IF/132/11)
(PDF), Last Updated: 12 January 2012

Update (S/IF/88/11)
(PDF), Last Updated: 30 August 2011

Update (From previous specification) (S/IF/34/11)
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 March 2011

Update (From previous specification) (S/IF/34/11)
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 March 2011

The CCEA GCSE English Literature Specification is designed to be compatible with CCEA GCSE English Language Specification.

GCSE English Literature is a unitised specification with three assessed units.

Externally Assessed Components

Unit 1: The Study of Prose
1 hour examination (closed book)

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry
2 hour examination
Section A: The Study of Drama (open book)
Section B: The Study of Poetry – response to CCEA anthology (open book)
Section C: Response to an Unseen Poetry

Examinations are available in Higher and Foundation Tier

Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts
2 part task in response to a Shakespeare play and a heritage prose text

Refer to the Specification for the titles available for completion for Unit 3.