GCSE – English Literature


This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in reading. The department has a strong conviction that the study of literature should centre on students developing an informed personal response to a range of texts in the genres of:

  • prose
  • poetry
  • drama
  • Who Is This Course For?

    This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in reading. The department has a strong conviction that the study of literature should centre on students developing an informed personal response to a range of texts in the genres of:

    • prose
    • poetry
    • drama

    Entry Criteria

    This course is for students who may or may not have studied English Literature before:

    • If a student has already achieved a D grade for GCSE English Literature, and has a keen interest in reading, they are able to gain access to this course in order to improve upon that grade.
    • If a student has not taken GCSE English Literature before, the department would require them to have a D grade in GCSE English Language and a keen interest in reading, in order to gain access to the course.
  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    WJEC

    Consult http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/18132.pdf?language_id=1 for the full specification.

    Content outline

    Exam 1 (35% 2hrs)

    Prose (different cultures) and poetry (contemporary)

    Section A – INDIVIDUAL TEXTS IN CONTEXT

    • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Section B – COMPARATIVE STUDY

    • Contemporary: Unseen poetry comparison, the preparation for which will include the study of at least fifteen contemporary poems.

    Exam 2 (40% 2 hrs)

    Contemporary drama and literary heritage prose

    Section A – Contemporary Drama:

    • A View from the Bridge (Miller)

    Section B – English/Welsh/Irish Literary Heritage Prose:

    • Christmas Carol (Dickens)

    Controlled Assessment (25%)

    Poetry and drama (literary heritage) – LINKED TEXTS

    • English/Welsh/Irish literary heritage: Stipulated poetry from the WJEC GCSE poetry collection, and a play by Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet OR The Taming of the Shrew)

    Method of assessment

    Assessment is through controlled assessment (25%) and examination (75%).

    How the course is delivered

    Each English Literature class takes place in a dedicated English classroom, with the resources appropriate to the course immediately to hand. Teaching and learning combine reading, presentations and discussions, with text analysis, group work, research exercises, skills-based activities drawing upon student creativity. We expect students to be actively involved and encourage independent learning and critical thinking.

    GCSE English Literature requires learners to:

    • become critical readers of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama. The department and the exam board agree that students should experience different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts and explore how texts from different cultures and traditions may reflect or influence values, assumptions and sense of identity
    • connect ideas, themes and issues, drawing on a range of texts.
    • understand that texts from the English, Welsh or Irish literary heritage have been influential and significant over time and explore their meaning today.

    The English Literature Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The GCSE English Literature Department draws upon several highly experienced members of English teaching staff, including: Jamie Farrow, Chris Gruca, Emma Philipson (Course Leader) and Jenny West.

    All English Literature students are issued with a substantial body of additional learning materials (printed notes, study guides, stimulus materials, essay plans, revision exercises, etc). All these additional learning materials, together with supplementary learning resources, are available for students online via Moodle, which can be accessed from home.

  • Progression:

    Students who successfully pass their single level two year at Wyke can look to progress onto level three at the College or use their qualifications to access another course, apprenticeship or employment opportunity offered by another provider.