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GCSE

English Literature

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Why study English Literature?

Exam board and specification codes: GCSE (9-1) English Literature J352 OCR

This specification aims to inspire and motivate students, stimulating their interest in English Literature in their everyday life. It includes poetry, fiction and drama, encouraging debate and discussion, as well as providing opportunities for watching and performing drama.

Students explore a wide range of texts in order to build confidence in engaging critically and articulating individual responses that are supported and justifiable. In most cases universities and employers require applicants to have passed a GCSE in English Literature and/or English Language.

What is covered by the course?

Exploring modern and literary heritage texts;

  • 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen or 'Jekyll and Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Modern drama: 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B Priestley

Exploring poetry and Shakespeare; 

  • OCR collection of poems on the theme of conflict. 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare

How is it examined?

Exam 1

Reading and responding to modern and literary heritage texts;

  • One modern drama text ('An Inspector Calls') making connections with an unseen modern extract of the same genre
  • One studied 19th-century prose text ('The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde')
  • 2 hour-long written paper, 80 marks, 50% of total GCSE

Exam 2

Reading and responding to poetry and Shakespeare;

  • Study poetry about conflict from the OCR Anthology making connections to an unseen poem
  • One studied Shakespeare play ('Macbeth')
  • 2 hour-long written paper, 80 marks, 50% of total GCSE