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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

GCSE - English Literature

GCSE English Literature is offered to all pupils at GCSE and is highly regarded by a range of Universities and further educational colleges.  

Examination Board: CCEA


What is GCSE English Literature about?

GCSE English Literature enables pupils to become critical readers of poetry, prose and drama taken from a wide range of different contexts and cultures.  Students therefore develop independent skills interpreting stories, novels, poems and plays by analysing the presentation of characters, themes and settings.

What topic will I study and how will I be assessed?




 Unit 1:

The Study of Prose


External examination

(1 hour)




Unit 2:

The Study of Drama and Poetry

  External Examination

(2 hours)



 Unit 3:

The Study of Linked Texts

Controlled assessment