GCSE English Literature

About the course

The English Literature GCSE assesses students’ ability in the analysis of historical and literary heritage texts from a prescribed list through two external examinations. The course covers reading materials that include a variety of prose, poetry and drama

Overview of units

  • Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry – a study of “Macbeth”, plus a comparison of poems from the course anthology
  • Component 2: Post-19th Century Prose/Drama and Unseen Poetry – including “Blood Brothers”, “A Christmas Carol” and a range of unseen poems

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


You will be assessed through two external written examinations – one based on Component 1 of the course (2 hours and 30 minutes) and the other on Component 2 (2 hours and 30 minutes). Grades are reported from 9-1. Learners are not permitted to take copies of course texts into the examination.

Where you can go next

GCSE English Literature provides an excellent foundation for many routes, in both related and unrelated fields. It is a valuable qualification for students going on to wide range of higher education, apprenticeships and employment destinations.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Eduqas website.

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