Park Lane Academy

Option-English Literature

Edexcel GCSE
Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature (50% of the overall grade)
Paper 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789 (50% of the overall grade)

Outline of Subject: Students will study highly engaging and challenging books, plays and poetry from a range of writers, genres and time periods to support them in valuing literary works. The GCSE will provide them with a richer cultural understanding of the world around them (past and present) and develop critical thinking and analytical writing skills integral to continued learning and future career and employment routes.

How will I learn? Students will develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects through characterisation, plot and themes encountered. They will learn how to think critically about texts in order to establish assured personal viewpoints as well as learning a range of quotations off-by-heart in preparation for the closed book examination.

Where will it take me? A good English Literature GCSE grade is desirable for any student who wishes to enter Sixth Form, to continue into higher education and to secure employment. Careers directly linked with English Literature include Author, Broadcaster, Actor/Actress, Advertising Executive, Lawyer, Creative Director, Politician, Librarian, TV Producer, Social worker, Sales Assistant, Editor, Journalist, Psychologist

Further information:  Edexcel GCSE English Literature (9-1) from 2015 | Pearson qualifications