GCSE English Literature should extend learners’ interest in, and enthusiasm for, literature as they develop an understanding of the ways in which literature is rich and influential. The GCSE specification in English Literature will enable learners to understand that texts from English, Welsh or Irish literary heritage have been influential and significant over time and explore their meanings today.
The course is made up of 2 external examinations and 2 pieces of oral controlled assessment.
Unit 1: External Examination - Prose (different cultures) and poetry (contemporary) 35%
Section 1: Studying individual text ‘Of Mice and Men’
Section 2: Unseen poetry comparison
Unit 2: External Examination - Literary heritage drama and contemporary prose 40%
Section 1: Literary heritage drama ‘An Inspector Calls’
Section 2: Contemporary prose ‘Heroes/Never Let Me Go’
Unit 3: Controlled Assessment - Shakespeare and Welsh Writing in English
Section 1: Shakespeare - centre choice
Section 2: Poetry - Welsh Writing in English
English Literature is a tiered qualification, learners will sit either Foundation or Higher level.
Learners will explore how texts from different cultures and traditions may reflect or influence values, assumptions and a sense of our identity. They will learn to become critical readers of fiction and non-fiction analysing prose, poetry and drama.