Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
english literature

GCSE English Literature

Curriculum Intent

At Windsor Academy Trust we want to inspire a love of language and literature and to ensure our learners become effective readers, writers and speakers.

Course description

This course provides one GCSE qualification in English Literature and is designed to complement the GCSE English Language course. Students will encounter a variety of different writers through their exploration of a 19th century novel, such as Robert Stevenson’s A Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Modern Drama such as J. B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, and a collection of poems centred around the theme of Power and Conflict or Love and Relationships. All candidates will also study a play by Shakespeare, such as Macbeth.

There is extensive support for students with a range of web-based support and new, high quality endorsed publications. A variety of booster and revision sessions are also available to students throughout their study to ensure they reach their true potential.


Exam Board: AQA

Two examinations, both to be sat at the end of the course:

  • Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel - 40%
  • Modern Texts and Poetry - 60%

Key skills

You will develop the following skills:

  • Reading and writing
  • Speaking and listening
  • Critical thinking and analysis

Where can it take me?

This specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students, whether they wish to pursue the study of English Literature beyond GCSE or whether GCSE will be their last experience of studying the subject. The qualification provides a route to the study of English Literature at A Level.

Further information

Please contact: Mrs J Taylor - Faculty Director of English or Miss E Stevens - Faculty Deputy of English

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 English Curriculum Plan

GCSE English Literature Subject Course Options