GCSE English Literature

Course codes: OSC1349 / OSC1350

A GCSE in English Literature enables you to explore and understand more about classic English Literature through studying and analysing a number of classic texts.

  • Study a range of classic English texts
  • Develop planning and research skills
  • Find themes, interpret information and handle complex ideas
  • Achieve a recognised GCSE qualification
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Course overview

GCSE in English Literature is ideal for students who plan to study English Literature at A Level and for those who would like a career in writing, journalism, advertising or teaching, to name a few. Add exams and we will book and pay for them on your behalf.

This course can be completed without taking the exams, but you will not receive the full qualification.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your GCSE in English Literature (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


2 paper-based exams.

Course content
  • Subject specific terminology
  • Social and historical Context
  • Form and structure
  • Reading the play
  • Character study
  • Themes and motifs
  • Social and historical context
  • Reading the novel
  • Character study
  • Themes and motifs
  • Form and structure
  • Social and historical context
  • Reading the novel
  • Book analysis
  • Character study
  • Form and structure
  • Poetry marking scheme
  • Poetry analysis
  • Nature and place
  • Historical warfare
  • Modern warfare
  • Identity and culture
  • Comparative poetry
Extra info


To achieve a GCSE in English Literature you will be assessed across all units. There are 2 paper-based examinations. If you add on your exams, we will book these for you. Exams will be sat at either our Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster, London or Macclesfield exam centre, so please ensure you will be able to travel to the location you choose.

All assessments are closed book – any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment. All assessments are compulsory.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have up to 1 year complete the full GCSE English Literature course from the date you receive your materials.

You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This GCSE English Literature course is offered on a distance learning basis.

You will receive your course materials online or by post.

Your course includes full and unlimited tutor support via email.

Course Outcome

Once you have completed this course and the exams, you will achieve a GCSE in English Literature. The awarding body is AQA.

Exam details

Paper 1: Romeo and Juliet and Jekyll and Hyde

What’s assessed

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Jekyll and Hyde

How it’s assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE


Section A Romeo and Juliet

Students will answer one question on the play. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then write about the play as a whole.

Section B Jekyll and Hyde

Students will answer one question on the novel. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel, and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Lord of the Flies and Power and Conflict

What’s assessed

  • Lord of the Flies
  • Power and Conflict
  • Unseen poetry

How it’s assessed:

  • written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE


Section A Lord of the Flies

Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on Lord of the Flies.

Section B Power and Conflict

Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper, and one other poem from Power and Conflict.

Section C Unseen poetry

Students will answer one question on one unseen poem, and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.


You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College Pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

The required reading list is outlined in the topic section of the course above.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. Exams can be added to the cost of this course. We will book and pay for them on your behalf.

Please note: If you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster, London or Macclesfield examination centre.

You will need to purchase the reading texts Romeo and Juliet, Jekyll and Hyde, and Lord of the Flies. The anthology poetry Power and Conflict is included in the course. If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these yourself.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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