English Literature

Head of Department: Mrs R. Hill

Qualification: GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE 9-1

Exam Board:     EDUQAS (WJEC)    100% Exam

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry

Weighting: 40%

Written Exam- 2 hours 

Section A:  Macbeth- 20% of qualificationn A (20%) Shakespeare (40

This assessment will test, through one extract-based question and one essay question on the text as a whole, knowledge and understanding of Macbeth. Learners

will be expected to comment on Shakespeare’s use of language, structure and form and show an understanding of key themes, characters and ideas within the text. This section will also test learners' spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination

In Section B, learners have the opportunity to show their understanding of the poems and the relationships between them and the contexts in which they were written. 

Section B: Poetry 1789 to present day-20% of qualification 

This assessment will test knowledge and understanding of poetry from 1789 to the present day. Learners will be assessed on two poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology. In the first question, learners will be asked to write about a specified poem.

In the second question, learners will be asked to write about a second poem chosen from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, and compare it to the first. Learners will be expected to consider the context of each poem, its content and key ideas, and the poets’ use of language, structure and form.

Learners must study all of the poems in the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology in preparation for this assessment. The anthology covers a range of poetry and is designed to introduce learners to the rich heritage of poetry across centuries as well as illustrating how poets explore similar themes in different ways.

Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Component  2: 

Weighting: 60%

Written exam- 2 hours and 30 minutes 

Section A: An Inspector Calls post 1914 Prose/Drama-20% of qualification. 

This assessment will test, through a source based response, knowledge and understanding of the post-1914 prose/drama text. Learners will be expected to comment on the writer's use of language, structure and form and show an understanding of key themes, characters and ideas within the text. This assessment will also test learner's spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination. 

Section B: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-20% of qualification 

This assessment will test, through a source based response, knowledge and understanding of the 19th century prose novel. Learners will be expected to comment upon the context of the prose text, the language, structure and form of the text and key themes, characters and ideas within the text.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination. 

Section C: Unseen Poetry-20% of qualification 

This assessment will ask learners to consider two unseen poems from the 20th and/or 21st centuries. In the first question, learners will be asked to write about a previously unseen poem. In the second question, learners will be asked to write about a second previously unseen poem, and compare it to the first. Learners will be expected to consider the content and key ideas of each poem, and the poets’ use of language, structure and form.

Course Summary:

Students will study GCSE English literature over the course of 3 years. In year 9, Students will begin their study of An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley and will also begin to explore the EDUQAS Poetry Anthology. In year 10, students will study The Strange Case of DR Jekyll and Mr Hyde and will complete their study of the EDUQAS Poetry Anthology. In year 11, students will study the Shakespeare play Macbeth. Students need to demonstrate an understanding of plot, characters and thematic links for the set texts, as well as showing an understanding of the social historical contexts and the writer’s craft. 

Although the exams are closed book, it would be beneficial for students to have their own copy of the texts, as this will aid their note taking and will also be useful as a revision tool. 

More Details: http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature/gcse/