English Literature

Course Overview

Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE English Literature
Location: Digitech

You will develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through knowledge of the best texts that have been thought and written, students receive a chance for rich cultural development by experiencing different times and places and understanding what we can learn from these texts about the way people used to live and how these messages are still relevant today. We aim to encourage students to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

What Will I Learn?

During this course you will:

  • Develop a wide range of transferrable skills useful in future employment
  • Read a wide range of classic literature, which includes both poetry and prose, fluently and with good understanding, making connections across their reading
  • Read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that you are able to discuss and explain your understanding and ideas, making links between the texts and their contexts
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • Appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • Write accurately, effectively, and analytically about your reading, using Standard English
  • Acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms you need to criticise and analyse what they read.

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Assessment & Qualifications

Assessment is through two written examinations. The texts we study at present are Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls and the Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology.

Career Progression

GCSE English Literature is essential for further education, no matter what you move onto next.

With a GCSE in English Literature you can move onto careers into a variety of fields including journalism, publishing, teaching English, legal work, public relations, advertising, and translating and interpreting work.

What Our Students Say

“I like that you can use your imagination to create adventures and stories that make you feel like you’re actually there” – Y10 Student