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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.

The texts are:  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 – Robert Louis Stevenson)

(Written paper; 2hrs; 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)

(Written paper; 2hrs; 80 marks; 50% of total GCSE)