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GCSE English Literature

Course Codes

OSC1349 / OSC1350

This GCSE English Literature will enable 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 English Literature qualification.
  • This course will provide you with an accredited AQA qualification upon successful completion of examinations.
  • Add on exams and we will organise and book these for you.
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Course overview

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the UK’s most widely recognised certification for the end of secondary school education. It is often the entry-level requirement to further study, such as A Levels and apprenticeships.

GCSE 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.

You will explore topics such as Shakespeare, 19th-century novels, modern text and anthology poetry. GCSE English Literature is a solid qualification that could enable you to go on to study related subjects in the future, such as journalism, publishing, teaching, media, or politics.

You will need to take exams to achieve the official GCSE English Literature qualification. You have the option of enrolling on a package course which includes your exams and means we’ll organise and book these for you on your behalf. 

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.


Two paper-based exams.

Course content

Extra info


To achieve your GCSE English Literature qualification, you will be assessed across all units. There are two paper-based examinations. If you add on your exams, we will book these for you. If you choose this option, our GCSE exam centre locations for this course are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Romford
  • Bristol
  • Belfast

All assessments are closed book and 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 one year to 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 course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course Outcome

Once you have completed this course and the exams, you will achieve a GCSE in English Literature from 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.


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