Kearsley Academy

Preparing for the future

English Literature


Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel 40%

Section A - Shakespeare play

Section B - 19th century novel

Assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute exam

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry 60%

Section A - Modern prose or drama text

Section B - Poetry anthology

Section C - Unseen poetry

Assessed in a 2 hour 15 minute exam

Course Description

GCSE English Literature allows candidates the exciting opportunity to experience a range of Literature with a wide variety of appeal. The Literature texts studied are drawn from: contemporary and modern texts such as the new and exciting titles DNA and Blood Brothers to more familiar favourites such as Lord of the Flies and An Inspector Calls; Shakespeare plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth; texts from the 19th century ranging from Frankenstein to A Christmas Carol; poetry from 1780 to the present day. Students will enjoy the experience of studying a range of literary genres, but as this course allows some flexibility for teachers to emphasise particular genres, the course can be effectively tailored to the needs and interests of specific teaching groups. As a course which adopts a skills-based approach to the study of Literature, students are encouraged and enabled to make fresh and individual responses to each element of assessment. This course perfectly complements GSCE English Language, as students will be able to use their transferable skills in analytical and critical thinking.

Departmental Statement

The GCSE English Literature course encourages students to develop independent and critical interpretations of writers ideas, explore issues that are important, real and relevant to them and make connections between the texts and their own personal experiences. The course builds on skills and experiences developed throughout the KS3 English course and aims to foster a deeper love of literature.


An English Literature GCSE is highly valued by employers and Further Education providers. The course provides a good foundation for further study of English Language and/or English Literature. It is an ideal course for students considering a career in: Law, Public Relations, Journalism, Teaching and Human Resources.

For more information contact Mrs C Pierce (Associate Assistant Principal)