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English Literature


GCSE English Literature (always studied with English Language)

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Aims of the course:

This course aims to introduce students to a wide range of literature through which they will analyse how writers use language  to achieve  specific effects, evaluate their purpose in these choices as well as exploring contextual cultural and historical influences.

What we study 

Students will study:

  • Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’
  • Poetry - ‘Love and Relationships’ poems from an AQA anthology
  • Nineteenth Century Prose - ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
  • A Modern Text - ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell or ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding

In studying the set texts, students have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • reading comprehension and reading critically

This will include: 

  • understanding words, phrases or sentences in context
  • exploring aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings
  • identifying themes and supporting points of view by referring to evidence in the text
  • evaluating a writer’s choice of vocabulary, descriptive techniques and grammatical and structural features
  • Drawing links between text through comparative analysis


Students will be taught to: 

  • produce clear and coherent analysis, writing effectively about literature and using accurate standard English
  • create thoughtful and developed responses to texts and understand the writer’s purpose and effect on the reader
  • foster empathic abilities by exploring characters in different situations, settings and contexts 


Post-16 Choices
The course prepares students who would like to continue English Language and Literature, or English Literature at
A-Level at Oxted.




Staff Contact
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