English Literature

Course Leader:   Mrs S Hindson

Contact Email:    shindson@tgschool.net

Edexcel English Literature GCSE

Years 10 and 11 are preparing for GCSE English Literature.  Students are required to study a full Shakespeare text (all Year 11 students are studying Macbeth this year), a post-1914 English Literature text (An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley or The Woman in Black by Susan Hill), a nineteenth century novel (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by R L Stevenson or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens) and some poetry (all Year 11 students are studying Conflict poetry from the Edexcel Poetry Anthology).

Assessment is the in the form of two examinations – Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature and Paper 2: Nineteenth Century novel and Poetry.  Both examinations are closed text.


Sample Assessment materials – paper 1 – Shakespeare and post-1914 Literature

Sample Assessment materials – paper 2 – Nineteenth Century novel and poetry

Sample Assessment materials – papers and markschemes


A Level English Literature


Examination Board:     AQA

Specification:                 7713/7712

What Will I Study?

Paper 1 – Aspects of Tragedy

Possible texts include Shakespeare’s Othello, Richard II and King Lear, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, poetry by Keats, the AQA Poetry Anthology, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Students study two texts including one drama from the following list. At least one of the texts must be written pre-1900.

Paper 2 – Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing

Choice of texts includes: Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

Students study three texts from the following list: one post-2000 prose text, one pre-1900 poetry text and one further text.

Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology

Entry Requirements

At least Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature GCSE.

A genuine enthusiasm for reading – you’re going to need to do a lot of it, not only set texts but a wide range of background material!


Paper 1 – written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, closed book, 40% of A level

Paper 2 – written exam: 3 hours, open book, 40% of A level

Non-exam assessment – 20% of A level, assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA

Where Next?

Law, journalism, public relations, advertising, teaching, theatre and any careers that require you to organise your thoughts and read beyond the surface of things!

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