Friday, 24 November, 2017

English Literature

English Literature is central to our heritage and culture and pupils who study literary texts add to their knowledge of our history.  In addition, English Literature trains pupils to think creatively and make connections between the main ideas of a text and the universal themes that affect us all.


Qualification requirements:

GCSE English Literature will

  1. be 100% examination
  2. will be fully linear with all examinations taken at the end of the course;
  3. will have a new grading system will be introduced. Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest. Students will get a U where performance is below the minimum required to pass the GCSE;
  4. tiers will be removed and all examinations will be untiered;
  5. will have no internal assessment; assessment will be through externally assessed examinations only. The first examinations for these new GCSEs will be in summer 2017;
  6. exams will only be available in the summer, apart from a November series for English language. This November series will be for students who were at least 16 on the preceding 31 August;

Two exams

Component 1: 2 hours 40% (CLOSED TEXT EXAM)

Section A ( 20%) 1 hour – Shakespeare

( Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth/Othello/Much Ado About Nothing/Henry V/Merchant of Venice)

1 extract based question

1 essay

Section B ( 20%)  1 hour - Poetry 1789-present day WJEC Anthology

Component 2:  2 ½ hours  60% (CLOSED TEXT EXAM)

Section A (20%) 1 hour

1 source based question Post-1914 Drama/Prose

Prose: Lord of the Flies/ Anita and Me/ Never Let Me Go/ Woman in Black/ Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Plays: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time/ A Taste of Honey/ An Inspector Calls/ The History Boys/ Blood Brothers

Section B (20%)  1 hour

1 source based question 19th Century prose

19th C Prose: A Christmas Carol/ Silas Marner/ Pride and Prejudice/ The War of the Worlds/ Jane Eyre/ Jekyll and Hyde

Section C (20%) 30 minutes

2 unseen poems – 2 questions , 1 of which is comparative.

Teaching AS and A-level English Literature B

AS & A2 English literature

Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course. Units 3:1 will be taken at the end of Year 12, while units 3:2 and 3:3 will form part of the A2 assessment in Year 13.

Subject content 

Core content:

3.1 Literary Genres (AS or A2)

3.1.1 Aspects of Tragedy or

3.1.2 Aspects of Comedy


Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes closed book

50 marks therefore 50% of AS level


Section A: One passage-based question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: One essay question on a drama set text (25 marks)

3.2 Texts and Genres (A2 only)

3.2.1 Elements of Crime Writing or

3.2.2 Elements of Political Writing


Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes closed book

50 marks therefore 50% of AS level

3.3 Theory and Independence (A2 only)


Students produce a portfolio of two essays, each one between 1250-1500 words on a text of their choice. They can produce a creative piece on one text if they choose to do so.


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