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English  Literature (9-1) specification

Essentials for studying

GCSE AQA English Literature

GCSE Specification at a Glance for AQA English Literature

OVERVIEW OF GCSE AQA English Literature:

There are 2 routes and you will take

either: Route A Unit 1 + Unit 2 + Unit 3

or: Route B Unit 1 + Unit 4 + Unit 5

Route A

Unit 1 Exploring modern texts EXAM

Unit 2 Poetry across time EXAM

Unit 3 The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT


Route B

Unit 1 Exploring modern texts EXAM

Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage EXAM


Unit 5 Exploring poetry CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT


MORE DETAILS ABOUT GCSE AQA English Literature:

Where you get your marks

Route A

Unit 1 Exploring modern texts EXAM (1 hour 30 minutes)

Section A: Modern prose or drama (45 mins) 34 marks (20% of the total GCSE marks )

Section B: Exploring cultures (45 mins) 34 marks (20% of the total GCSE marks )

Total for Unit 1: 68 marks (40% of the total GCSE marks)


Unit 2 Poetry across time EXAM (1 hour 15 minutes)

Section A: Poetry cluster from the Anthology (45 mins) 36 marks (23% of the total GCSE marks )

Section B: Unseen poetry (30mins) 18 marks (12% of the total GCSE marks )

Total for Unit 2: 54 marks (35% of the total GCSE marks)


Unit 3 The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 40 marks (25% of the total GCSE marks )


Route B

Unit 1 Exploring modern texts EXAM (1 hour 30 minutes)

Section A: Modern prose or drama (45 mins) 34 marks (20% of the total GCSE marks )

Section B: Exploring cultures (45 mins) 34 marks (20% of the total GCSE marks )

Total for Unit 1: 68 marks (40% of the total GCSE marks)


Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage EXAM (1 hour 30 minutes)

Section A: Shakespeare (50 mins) 30 marks (20% of the total GCSE marks )

Section B: Prose from the English Literary Heritage (40mins) 24 marks (15% of the total GCSE marks )

Total for Unit 2: 54 marks (35% of the total GCSE marks)


Unit 5 Exploring poetry CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 40 marks (25% of the total GCSE marks )

EVEN MORE DETAILS ABOUT GCSE AQA English Literature:

What you need to do

Route A

Unit 1 Exploring modern texts

Section A: Modern prose or drama

You answer one question from a choice of two on each set text (34 marks).

Section B: Exploring cultures You answer one question on the set text they have studied. The question will be in two parts (34 marks).


Unit 2 Poetry across time

Section A:You answer one question, from a choice of two,on the poetry cluster they have studied.

Section B: You are provided with a list of 15 poets and a new collection of 15 poems which brings together one poem from each poet in the list. The unseen poem, whilst selected from the list of 15

poets, will not be one of the 15 poems in the new collection.


Unit 3 The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage You complete one Controlled Assessment task which asks you to make links and comparisons between a play from Shakespeare and any other text, of any genre, from the English (or Welsh or Irish) Literary Heritage.


Route B

Unit 1 Exploring modern texts

Section A: Modern prose or drama

You answer one question from a choice of two on each set text (34 marks).

Section B: Exploring cultures You answer one question on the set text they have studied. The question will be in two parts (34 marks).


Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage

Section A: Shakespeare You answer one question from a choice of two on the Shakespeare set text you have studied. The question will be in two parts.

Section B: Prose from the English Literary Heritage You answer one essay question from a choice of two on the set text you have studied.


Unit 5 Exploring poetry You complete one Controlled Assessment task which asks you to make links and comparisons between a range of poems which must cover contemporary poetry and poetry from the English (or Welsh or Irish) Literary Heritage. Poems from the AQA Anthology Moon on the

Tides may be used for this unit.

Specimen Papers

Examiner commentary on sample answer (135.6 KB)


Grade descriptors for GCSE English Literature (9-1) [GOV.UK] 


Interactive student exemplars, with Exampro Highlights 

Paper 1: Specimen mark scheme (353.9 KB)

Paper 1: Specimen question paper (254.8 KB)

Paper 2: Specimen mark scheme (488.6 KB)

Paper 2: Specimen question paper (296.4 KB)


Date

Unit 1

Unit 2

Jun 2018

QP1

18pt

36pt

QP2

18pt

36pt

MS1

MS2

Jun 2017

QP1

QP2

18pt

MS1

MS2