English Literature (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 – email@example.com