What's on the English Literature GCSE AQA Syllabus?

March 17, 2017 by Esme
Image The most popular exam board for the new English Literature GCSE 9-1 is AQA. So, we have put together a helpful syllabus guide for the new English Literature GCSE. This can be used as a handy check list during revision. ✓

Paper One: Section A:

Students need to know, in detail, one out of six of these set texts:

Romeo and Juliet
Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar

Paper One: Section B
Students need to know, in detail, one out of seven of these set texts.

19th Century Novels

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens
Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Sign of Four- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Paper Two

This paper is sat on a different day and has a different focus.

Paper Two: Section A
Students will be examined on one set text from the selection below. They will need to know the whole text.

Modern Text Drama

An Inspector Calls- J.B. Priestley
Blood Brothers- Willy Russell
History Boys- Alan Bennett
DNA- Dennis Kelly
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time (play)

Modern Text Prose

Lord of the Flies- William Golding
Animal Farm- George Orwell
Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishigaro
Anita and Me-Meera Syal
Pigeon English- Stephen Kelman

Paper 2: Section B:

Students will have studied one cluster of poems, either,  Love and relationships, or Power and Conflict. They need to know, in detail all 15 poems in this cluster. 

Love and relationships

Lord Byron, 'When We Two Parted'
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Love’s Philosophy'
Robert Browning, 'Porphyria’s Lover'
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 'Sonnet 29' – ‘I think of thee!’
Thomas Hardy, 'Neutral Tones'
Maura Dooley, 'Letters From Yorkshire'
Charlotte Mew, 'The Farmer’s Bride'
Cecil Day Lewis, 'Walking Away'
Charles Causley, 'Eden Rock'
Seamus Heaney, 'Follower'
Simon Armitage, 'Mother, any distance'
Carol Ann Duffy, 'Before You Were Mine'
Owen Sheers, 'Winter Swans'
Daljit Nagra, 'Singh Song!
Andrew Waterhouse, 'Climbing My Grandfather

Power and Conflict

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ozymandias'
William Blake, 'London' (poems)
William Wordsworth, Extract from 'The Prelude'
Robert Browning, 'My Last Duchess'

Extra Tutorfair Resource: GCSE Analysis of Robert Browning, 'My Last Duchess' 

Alfred Lord Tennyson, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'
Wilfred Owen, 'Exposure’
Seamus Heaney, 'Storm on the Island'
Ted Hughes, 'Bayonet Charge'
Simon Armitage, 'Remains'
Jane Weir, 'Poppies' 4,400'
Carol Ann Duffy, 'War Photographer'
Imtiaz Dharker, 'Tissue'
Carol Rumens, 'The Émigree'
John Agard, 'Checking Out Me History'
Beatrice Garland, 'Kamikaze'

Paper Two : Section C

Unseen Poetry
We recommend preparing for this final section by examining a varied selection of poems and closely analysing each text. Remember to look out for key themes in each poem, structure and use of language.

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