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KS4 Revision Page

This is a really good starting point, or summary, that covers the basic questions for this subject. More specific materials are in the folders on our secure Revision page or have been given to students in lessons.

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Please speak to your teachers for more information or contact

How are the exams structured?


Two papers:

PAPER 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel [1 hour 45 minutes]

PAPER 2 – Modern texts and poetry [2 hours 15 minutes]*

GCSE English Literature

Wednesday 15th May: Paper 1

Thursday 23rd May: Paper 2*

Paper Two is worth 60% of the GCSE English Literature award.

Where can we find past papers, etc?


The examination board is AQA.

Relevant materials can be accessed at


Learning materials relevant to your individual progress should also be sought from your English teacher. They can direct you to specific resources or create tasks appropriate to this relatively new GCSE.

What do we need to revise? Where should we start?


The examination process is focused upon the analysis of prose, poetry and drama texts.

The student will need to have a ‘working’ knowledge of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley and a collection of ‘Power and conflict’ poems from the AQA poetry anthology.

It is important to note that the new GCSE award is a closed-book examination, so students will need to prepare thematic knowledge, contextual appreciation and remember key quotations through their studies. They do not have access to the primary texts in the examination itself. Consequently supporting this preparation of textual understanding is crucial in the revision process.

What will we find in the subject folders on the secure site? Subject materials will refer visitors to the specifications of the GCSE English Literature award.

Other resources will guide students through the curriculum details of the course and link information related to specific units.

There will also be a summary powerpoint related to information shared at the Yr11 support evening, offering key dates, unit components and helpful advice.

What are the most useful websites?


The examination specification and other relevant authorised materials can be located on the examining boards website [as stated above –

Other useful websites include:

GCSE Bitesize –

SparkNotes –

These sites can be used to explore both generic analytical skills and specific aspects of the key texts [Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, etc.] studied on the course.

A considerable amount of useful revision material can be found on Youtube, but it would be worth discussing the worthiness of certain videos with your teacher.

There are useful links and other helpful e-learning resources on the department’s English blog –