Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

GCSE English Literature

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE in English Literature encourages students to be enthusiastic, independent, imaginative, critical and analytical readers. It aims to increase their enjoyment of reading, helping to nurture a lifelong love of literature. The specification deepens studentsí knowledge and understanding of a range of poetry, prose and drama, including texts by local and modern writers. Students explore the impact of language, structure and form in the texts. Connecting the textsí ideas, themes and issues is another key focus. Students also learn how to explain settings, characters and themes creatively through social, cultural and historical contexts. They develop their ability to research, plan and prepare their responses using their own ideas and interests, as well as critical reading.

This qualification offers lots of opportunities to develop transferable skills, such as generating creative, individual responses to problems and writing accurately and clearly.

There are two written exams and one extended writing task.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in English Literature is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: The Study of Prose
  • Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry
  • Unit 3: The Study of Shakespeare.

Specification
(PDF), Last Updated: 01 August 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 01 August 2018

Past Papers

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Controlled Assessment

In this specification Unit 3: The Study of Shakespeare is a controlled assessment unit.

Support


Planning Framework
(DOCX), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Snapshot
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Controlled Assessment Themes 2018 - 2024
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

GCSE and GCE A/AS Examinations Summer 2018 E-Moderation Product-Type Subjects Instructions to Teachers
(PDF), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

GCSE English Literature - Launch Event
(PPT), Last Updated: 06 July 2017

GCSE English Literature Poetry Anthology 2017
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 February 2018

Student Guidance: Glossary of Technical Terms for Drama
(PDF), Last Updated: 27 October 2017

Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Unit 1 Section B Student Guide to Unseen Prose
(PPTX), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

Unit 2 - Section B: Poetry Dos and Don'ts Student Guide
(PPTX), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

Unit 2 Section A Student Guide to Drama
(PPTX), Last Updated: 21 May 2018

Unit 3: The Study of Shakespeare Student Guide
(PPTX), Last Updated: 02 November 2017

UPDATED GCSE English Instructions to Teachers Summer 2018
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 February 2018

Fact Files


GCSE English Literature - Fact File: Unit 3 The Study of Shakespeare
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

GCSE English Literature - Fact File: Unit 2 The Study of Drama and Poetry (Section A Drama)
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

GCSE English Literature - Fact File: Unit 2 The Study of Drama and Poetry (Section B Poetry)
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017

GCSE English Literature - Fact File: Unit 1 The Study of Prose
(PDF), Last Updated: 11 August 2017