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English Literature

Level GCSE English Literature (Always studied with English Language)
Exam Board AQA

What we study

Students will be following a specification in line with the government changes to the GCSE system. The set texts will include the study of:

  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry
  • Prose

In studying the set texts students should have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension and reading critically

This will include:

  • literal and inferential comprehension: understanding a word, phrase or sentence in context
  • exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings; distinguishing between what is stated explicitly and what is implied; explaining motivation, sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events
  • critical reading: identifying the theme and distinguishing between themes; supporting a point of view by referring to evidence in the text; recognising the possibility of and evaluating different responses to a text; using understanding of writers’ social, historical and cultural contexts to inform evaluation; making an informed personal response that derives from analysis and evaluation of the text
  • evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features: analysing and evaluating how language, structure, form and presentation contribute to quality and impact; using linguistic and literary terminology for such evaluation
  • comparing texts: comparing and contrasting texts studied, referring where relevant to theme, characterisation, context (where known), style and literary quality; comparing two texts critically with respect to the above


Students will be:

  • producing clear and coherent text: writing effectively about literature for a range of purposes such as: to describe, explain, summarise, argue, analyse and evaluate; discussing and maintaining a point of view; selecting and emphasising key points; using relevant quotation and using detailed textual references
  • using accurate Standard English: accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar

Post-16 Choices

The course prepares students who would like to continue English Language and Literature, or English Literature at A-Level at Oxted.

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