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Exam Board: AQA

Why study GCSE English Literature?
GCSE English Literature is a compulsory GCSE course at STFS and one that the vast majority of students in the country take. It offers students the opportunity to study a variety of fiction texts and genres and develop a sense of insight into both a writer’s craft and the historical settings of a text. 

What does the course involve?
The course is divided into four sections: 

Shakespeare: Julius Caesar 
Students study the themes and concerns of Shakespeare’s fierce political tragedy. 

Poetry: Power and Conflict Anthology 
Students study a collection of modern and pre-1900 poems on the theme of Power and Conflict. We take a comparative approach to the collection to encourage students to consider the similarities and differences in the presentation of a common concept. 

Pre 1900 Text: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 
Students learn about characteristics of Victorian Literature and consider the presentation and development of character. 

Modern Texts: An Inspector Calls 
Students explore the relevance of modern history and political ideology as presented through JB Priestley’s detective genre play. 

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
Just as English Language develops skills of communication and comprehension, the study of English Literature encourages students to develop a sense of empathy and perspective. Students who would like to pursue careers in the Arts, History, journalism, screenwriting and Film all draw on skills developed in English Literature. 

How will I be assessed?
This GCSE is 100% exam assessed. There are two exam papers, and each of the four GCSE components is worth roughly 25% of the overall GCSE for Literature. The assessment is essay based.

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Miss Nelson –