English Literature


Type and level of qualification: - Full course, AQA, Course code 9715.

Course Content: -    The course is made up of 2 units

  • Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • Modern Texts and Poetry

Students will study the following texts:-

  • One Shakespeare play (Romeo and Juliet)
  • One 19th century novel (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
  • One modern text (An Inspector Calls by J.B. Preistly )
  • Students will study one cluster of poems taken from the AQA poetry anthology, Poems Past and Present. The poems in each cluster are thematically linked and were written between 1789 and the present day. Students should study all 15 poems in their chosen cluster and be prepared to write about any of them in the examination.

Methods of Assessment: - The students will be assessed on their performance in two exams.  Both exams will take place at the end of Year 11.

  • Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel - 40%
  • Paper Two: Modern Texts and Poetry – 60%

What different types of activities will I do during Years 10 and 11 in order to help me learn?

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.
  • In preparing for the unseen poetry section of the examination students should experience a wide range of poetry in order to develop their ability to closely analyse unseen poems. They should be able to analyse and compare key features such as their content, theme, structure and use of language.
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