English Literature GCSE


Whilst GCSE English Language is compulsory and essential for all pupils, GCSE English Literature is an additional qualification available to those with enthusiasm, ability and aptitude.

During the first half of Michaelmas term in 4th Form, pupils will all study the same text, ‘An Inspector Calls’. Sets will then be confirmed which will be the first phase of selection for this extra qualification. It is a very rigorous exam, particularly the ‘unseen poetry’ component, hence the element of selection.

The key aim of the department is to ensure that all pupils succeed with their GCSE English Language as a matter of priority. It is also worth noting that there is no additional time for this – it will be taught concurrently with the English Language GCSE.

Units of study

Pupils will complete two main units:

Drama Coursework (40%)

Pupils will complete coursework based on their learnings of set texts ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Macbeth’.

Examination (60%)

Unseen poetry essay, poetry comparison and an essay on ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.

(1 hour and 45 minutes for all three essays).