GCSE English Literature

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What will I learn?

In GCSE English Literature you will learn to become a critical reader of fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry and drama. You will consider different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations as found in literary texts and explore how texts from cultures and traditions may reflect or influence values, assumptions and sense of identity.  Above all, you should be inspired as you develop an understanding of the ways in which literature is rich and influential.

How will I learn?

In English Literature you will discuss a range of literary texts from Shakespeare to contemporary poetry and short stories. You will develop your analytical skills and will be able to apply technical terminology effectively. Your essay writing skills will be central to the course, enabling you to construct a written argument in a mature and logical manner.

How will I be assessed?

You will follow the WJEC specification, which involves a mixture of controlled assessments and terminal examinations. External examinations are tiered. Controlled assessments range from short story writing to literary analytical essay writing. The tasks will be provided annually by the WJEC and will be marked by your teachers and then moderated by the examination board.

What next after the course?

The GCSE English Literature course provides an excellent foundation for studying English Literature at Advanced Level. Advanced Level Literature is highly regarded by university tutors, ranging from arts and humanities courses and even Medicine, as a fourth subject. It demonstrates the student’s ability to write in a mature and detailed manner as well as showing an understanding of complex contexts.

Future employment opportunities?

A qualification in English Literature demonstrates the ability to communicate ideas in a sophisticated and fluent manner and also allows students to develop the ability to frame a clear, logical written argument.  These skills are ideal for a range of careers from Journalism, Teaching, Business and Government areas to Medicine, Psychology and Law. English Literature graduates often follow careers in radio, television and film as well as in publishing.

‘Students should see their English teacher in respect of possible changes to the course content and/or structure.’