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					AQA GCSE English Literature specification
Unit 1: Exploring Modern Texts                                  Section B: Exploring Cultures                               and Unit 3: The significance of Shakespeare and the      Section B: Prose from the English Literary Heritage
External exam                                                   20% of total GCSE marks                                     English Literary Heritage                                Pride and Prejudice 30%
40% of total GCSE marks                                         Short stories from the AQA anthology: Moon on the tides     Controlled Assessment                                    Wuthering Heights 20%
                                                                (Private Eloy, The War of the Ears, The wardrobe, the old   25% of total GCSE marks                                  Great Expectations 20%
Section A: Modern Prose or Drama                                man and death, Something old, something new, Anil)                                                                   The Withered Arm and other Wessex Tales 15%
20% of total GCSE marks                                         Of Mice and Men 76%                                         Or,                                                      Skin and other stories 15%
Short stores from the AQA anthology: Moon on the tides          Mr Pip 5%
(Compass and torch, When the wasps drowned, Mr Polish           Purple Hibiscus 2%                                          Unit 4: Approaching Shakespeare and the English          and Unit 5: Exploring poetry
teacher’s tie, The darkness out there, The 100% perfect girl)   To Kill a Mockingbird 15%                                   Literary Heritage                                        Controlled Assessment
Lord of the Flies                                                                                                           External exam                                            25% of total GCSE marks
Martyn Pig                                                      THEN, Either                                                35% of total GCSE marks
Touching the void                                               Unit 2: Poetry across time                                  Section A: Shakespeare
The woman in black                                              External exam                                               Macbeth 33%
Under Milk Wood                                                 35% of total GCSE marks                                     Romeo and Juliet 35%
The Crucible 10%                                                Section A: Poetry cluster from the anthology                Much Ado 10%
Kindertransport 1%                                              Study of a thematic cluster from the anthology              Twelfth Night 10%
An Inspector Calls 30%                                          Section B: Responding to an unseen poem                     Julius Caesar 10%
DNA 1%
OCR GCSE English Literature specification
Unit 1: Literary Heritage Linked Texts                          Geoffrey Chaucer                                            Unit 3: Prose from Different Cultures                    Pride and Prejudice 20%
Controlled assessment                                           Thomas Hardy                                                External exam                                            Jekyll and Hyde 15%
25% of total GCSE marks                                         Wilfred Owen                                                25% of total GCSE marks                                  Silas Marner 5%
                                                                Christina Rossetti                                          Of Mice and Men 55%                                      Animal Farm 26%
Shakespeare and Film                                            Shakespeare’s Sonnets                                       To Kill a Mockingbird 25%                                Lord of the Flies 26%
10% of total GCSE marks                                                                                                     The Catcher in the Rye 5%                                The Withered Arm and other Wessex Tales 8%
(all questions ask students to respond to Shakespeare text      Unit 2: Modern Drama                                        Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 2%
in relation to a filmed version)                                External exam                                               Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha 5%                                 Contemporary Poetry
Macbeth 30%                                                     25% of total GCSE marks                                     Anita and Me 8%                                          10% of total GCSE marks
Romeo and Juliet 30%                                            An Inspector Calls 35%                                                                                               (students study one anthologised poet from a choice of six)
The Merchant of Venice 30%                                      Journey’s End 15%                                           Unit 4: Literary Heritage Prose and Contemporary         Simon Armitage
Julius Caesar 10%                                               Educating Rita 15%                                          Poetry                                                   Gillian Clarke
                                                                The History Boys 15%                                        External exam                                            Wendy Cope
Poetry                                                          A View from the Bridge 10%                                  25% of total GCSE marks                                  Carol-Ann Duffy
15% of total GCSE marks                                         Hobsons’ Choice 10%                                         Literary Heritage Prose                                  Seamus Heaney
Robert Browning                                                                                                             15% of total GCSE marks                                  Benjamin Zephaniah
Edexcel GCSE English Literature specification
Unit 1: Understanding Prose                                     And one from Different Cultures:                            Unit 2: Understanding Poetry                             Clashes and collisions
External exam                                                   Anita and Me 10%                                                                                                     Taking a stand
50% of total GCSE marks                                         Of Mice and Men 50%                                         External exam
                                                                Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress 2%                 25% of total GCSE marks                                  Unit 3: Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama
Study two prose texts; one from the Literary Heritage:          To Kill a Mockingbird 26%                                                                                            Controlled assessment
Pride and Prejudice 23%                                         Rani and Sukh 5%                                            Study one collection of 10 poems from a choice of five   25% of total GCSE marks
Great Expectations 10%                                          Heroes 5%                                                   collections in Edexcel Poetry Anthology:
The Hound of the Baskervilles 25%                               Riding the Black Cockatoo 2%                                (collections)                                            Study on page and stage or screen of:
Animal Farm 25%                                                                                                             Men and Women                                            One Shakespeare play (own choice)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 15%                                                                                                   Ties and bonds                                           One contemporary drama text (own choice)
Felicia’s Journey 2%                                                                                                        Somewhere, Anywhere
WJEC GCSE English Literature specification
Unit 1: Prose (different cultures) and poetry                   Either                                                      About a Boy 30%                                          Pride and Prejudice 30%
(contemporary)                                                  Unit 2a: Literary heritage drama and contemporary           Resistance 10%                                           A Christmas Carol 10%
                                                                prose                                                                                                                Lord of the Flies 40%
External exam                                                                                                               Unit 2b: Contemporary drama and literary heritage        Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve 5%
35% of total GCSE marks                                         External exam                                               prose
                                                                40% of total GCSE marks                                                                                              Or
Section A: Individual texts in context                                                                                      External exam                                            Unit 3: Poetry and drama (literary heritage)
21% of total GCSE marks                                         Literary heritage drama                                     40% of total GCSE marks                                  Controlled assessment
Different cultures prose:                                       Othello 15%                                                                                                          25% of total GCSE marks
Of Mice and Men 63%                                             Much Ado 15%                                                Contemporary drama
Anita and Me 15%                                                An Inspector Calls 50%                                      The History Boys 40%                                     Poetry taken from the WJEC poetry collection
To Kill a Mockingbird 15%                                       Hobsons’s Choice 15%                                        Blood Brothers 30%
I know why the caged bird sings 5%                              A Taste of Honey 5%                                         A View From the Bridge 20%                               Play by Shakespeare (free choice – but not Othello or Much
Chanda’s Secrets 2%                                                                                                         Be My Baby 5%                                            Ado)
                                                                Contemporary prose                                          My Mother Said I Never Should 5%
Section B: Comparative study                                    Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha 25%
14% of total GCSE marks                                         Private Peaceful 20%                                        Literary heritage prose
Contemporary: unseen poetry comparison                          Never Let Me Go 15%                                         Silas Marner 15%

				
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