English Literature

Exam Board



About the subject

Building on the exploration of literary characters and worlds at KS3, the study of Literature at GCSE provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Shakespeare, Poetry, Gothic fiction and modern fiction. Alongside exploration of character, theme and setting, students will explore literary criticism that further illuminates ideas and intentions within the texts.

Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


GCSE English Literature

Exam Information

You will have two exams for English Literature in summer of Year 11:
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (Macbeth and Frankenstein)
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (An Inspector Calls and Conflict Poetry)

Online resources