Explore English Literature through a range of texts, some familiar and some new, but all will inspire and challenge you. With a greater knowledge of literary techniques, form, vocabulary and imagery, you’ll find you’re better equipped to understand exactly what the author is trying to convey and get more out of what you’re reading.
This course is one of our new Gold Star GCSEs. Find out more about them here.
Duration of study
- Reading and writing about a novel
- Some features of a novel
- Plot, narrative and structure
- Setting and atmosphere
- Language and style
- Analysing a prose extract
Section 2 - Frankenstein
- An introduction to Frankenstein
- Robert Walton's letters
- Volume One, Chapters I-IV
- Volume One, Chapters V-VIII
- Volume Two, Chapters I-IV
- Volume Two, Chapters VI-IX
- Volume Three, Chapters I-IV
- Volume Three, Chapters V and VI
- The conclusion
Section 3 - Introductory poetry skills
- Reading poetry
- Content, poetic voice, tone and mood
- Rhyme, rhythm, structure and form
- Poetry in context
Section 4 - Anthology poems, 1
- ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’
- ‘A Child to his Sick Grandfather’
- ‘She Walks in Beauty’
- ‘A Complaint’
- ‘1st Date – She’ and ‘1st Date – He’
- ‘One Flesh’
- ‘I wanna be yours’
Section 5 - Introduction to drama
- Drama, stagecraft and staging
- Shakespeare and his time
- Elizabethan theatre
- Plot and structure
- Beginnings and endings
- Presenting characters
- Shakespeare's language
- The comedy genre
- Twelfth Night: an introduction
Section 6 - Twelfth Night
- Themes and contexts
- Act 1 Scenes 2 and 3
- Act 1 Scenes 4 and 5
- Act 2 Scenes 1 to 3
- Act 2 Scenes 4 and 5
- Act 3
- Act 4
- Act 5
Section 7 - Anthology poems, 2
- 'Neutral Tones'
- 'Sonnet 43'
- 'My Last Duchess'
- 'Love's Dog'
- 'The Manhunt'
- 'My Father Would Not Show Us'
- Comparing poems
Section 8 - An Inspector Calls
- Priestley and his writing
- Approaching An Inspector Calls
- Structure and tension
- Act 1
- Act 2
- Act 3
- The Inspector and Eva Smith
- Mr and Mrs Birling
- The younger characters
- Context and themes
- Effective examination answers
Section 9 - Unseen poetry
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours 15 minutes, 50% of marks
- 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 9 assignments
Set texts and resources
- Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Literature Poetry Anthology, Pearson Education Limited 2014
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Penguin Classics 2003
- Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare, Arden Shakespeare edition 2008 or any other edition with numbered lines
- An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley, Heinemann 1992
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- Safari 6 or later
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What our students say...
"I love English literature and was keen to study it for enjoyment purposes mainly, although still with the intention to further improve my GCSE results. I enjoyed the critical thinking aspect of the course, finding it thought-provoking; I also enjoyed the essay-writing, as I have found this useful to aid me with my Cambridge pre-university course."
— Jason Wadey