English Literature


The course takes a skills-based approach to the study of English literature that is consistent across the genres.

It offers excellent preparation for AS and A-level English Literature, as well as giving students a grounding in a wide variety of literature that will stay with them for life.

The course is co-teachable with English Language.

Course Outline

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2:   Modern texts and poetry.

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.


100% Exam.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel. (40%) 1hr 45 minutes

Paper 2:   Modern texts and poetry. (60%) 2hrs 15 minutes

Examining Board


Career Opportunities

This qualification prepares students for progression to further study English Literature at AS and A level and to the study of AS and A level English Language and Literature.

This qualification also supports further training and employment where literacy skills are required.

Teaching Methods

Students will be timetabled for eight periods of 60 minutes each and the course will be taught alongside GCSE English Language.
In English there is a need for regular classroom learning and independent study.

Students will be prepared for examinations using a variety of learning styles including student presentations, class discussion and teacher centered learning.

Other information

Students will be expected to read independently and complete homework tasks set by their class teacher to increase chances of success.

Support is available through after school booster sessions and our bespoke English website

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (