English Literature — GCSE

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Course information

GCSE English Literature will benefit students looking to study English at A Level, or wishing to improve on their existing grade. The course is book intensive, we recommend you enjoy reading to benefit fully.
The course consists of two exams:
• Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
• Paper 2: Modern texts and Poetry
We will be studying Macbeth as the Shakespeare text and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for the 19th Century novel. For the Modern texts we will be studying the selection of short stories from the AQA Telling Tales Anthology and poems from the Love and Relationships AQA Poetry Anthology.
We offer a range of varied and interesting approaches to the subject and will include visits and trips focused on the topics studied. Literature provides students with the opportunity to develop analytical and critical thinking skills, which will benefit your study in other areas. We provide support for study skills if needed. The Literature compliments other subjects studied at GCSE and A level including: Sociology, History, and Media Studies to name a few.
We look forward to students joining the course and hope to see you next term!
If you are 16-18 this GCSE will be one of five you will choose to make up a full time programme of study. You will study for a total of 15 hours per week plus one hour per week tutorial. You will be required to do Maths and English Language as two of your five GCSEs unless you already have these qualifications and grade C or above. Please note that you may be required to re-sit your Maths and / or English Language as one of your five if you require higher than a grade C for your progression onto A Level.
For people wanting to study in the evening, a full cost course is offered.


GCSE English Literature

This course leads to...

GCSE English can lead to further study eg. A levels, National Diplomas, Access for mature students, training and employment.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have 2 Grade C's or a level 1 equivalent qualification in a relevant subject,
achieved within the last 5 years.
All students aged 16-18 without GCSE English and maths at C or above will work towards these
qualifications while studying with us.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 159083

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £15,736 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at applications@liv-coll.ac.uk.

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