Subject Leader: Mr Carberry
What are the key topics and themes? When will they be taught?
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century Novel
Length: 1 hour 45 minutes
Contribution to GCSE: 40%
Section A: Shakespeare – ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Macbeth’ or ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (34 marks, 30 for response and 4 for SPaG)
● You will answer one question on the play you have studied.
● You will write in detail about an extract from the play, which will be printed on the
● You will also link this analysis to the play as a whole.
Section B: The 19th-century Novel – ‘Great Expectations’, ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’ (30 marks)
● You will answer one question on the novel you have studied.
● You will write in detail about an extract from the novel, which will be printed on the
● You will also link this analysis to the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls) and AQA Anthology Poetry (Power and Conflict’
Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Contribution to GCSE: 60%
Section A: Modern Texts (34 marks, 30 for response and 4 for SPaG)
● You will answer one question from a choice of two on the modern text you have
● Extracts are not provided.
Section B: Poetry (30 marks)
● You will answer one comparative question on a named poem and one other poem of
your choice from the cluster you have studied.
● The named poem will be printed on the examination paper but the other poems will
not be provided.
Section C: Unseen Poetry (32 marks)
● You will answer one question on an unseen poem (24 marks).
● You will then compare this poem with a second unseen poem (8 marks).
How will my son or daughter be assessed? When do these assessments take place?
Assessment is through two exams, as noted above, at the end of Year 11.
Pupils also complete one internally assessed Spoken Language presentation, for which a separate endorsement of pass, merit or distinction will be awarded.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
We encourage students to read widely; they can download articles from the internet or
get them from books to practise the skills required for each question.
A revision guide is also produced and issued each year just before Easter. This contains
some specimen paper materials, mark schemes and further reminders on how to complete each question effectively.
The BBC Bitesize website can be useful.