English Literature

“A good book is an event in my life.” Stendhal ‘The Red and the Black’

For the first two terms of Year 9, students will be developing skills in analysing literary texts. In the summer term, they will begin their GCSE course, with further literary analysis of a Shakespearean text.

Examining Board: Eduqas

Aim of Course

This course will enable students to explore their literary interests and to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers. Students will develop an understanding of the ways in which literature is rich and influential.


The content of this course will consist of poetry, prose and drama, including a play by Shakespeare. A minimum of six texts will be studied, comprising:

  • Texts from English, Welsh or Irish literary heritage
  • Texts from different cultures and traditions
  • Texts by contemporary writers

Students will:

  • Develop and sustain independent interpretations of whole texts, supporting them with detailed textual references
  • Analyse connections between texts, comparing features and qualities that connect and contrast the presentation of themes, characters and settings
  • Analyse the impact of style, language, structure and form
  • Relate texts to their social and historical contexts and to the literary traditions of which they are a part
  • Understand how texts from the literary heritage have been influential and significant over time

Method of Assessment

  • Examination: 100%
  • Coursework: There will be no coursework assessment.

Recommended Reading

In addition to the set texts students will be encouraged to read as widely as possible. Magazines such as ‘emag’ from the English and Media Centre are useful. Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell, The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, Noughts and Crosses Majorie Blackman, Brave New World Aldous Huxley.

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

A Level English Literature is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood. English Literature is considered to be very important for a number of careers.

These would include:

Law Journalism Advertising Media
Theatre Teaching Publishing Screenwriting