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GCSE English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature 


In Year 9 students study texts from old GCE specification and transition on to new GCSE Assessment objectives and markschemes.

Edexcel English Language

Edexcel English Literature

Course Content



Year 9: Other Cultures Text (Of Mice and Men / To Kill a Mockingbird), Modern Drama: Arthur Miller (A View from the Bridge/The Crucible), The Gothic Genre, Poetry, Non-Fiction & Transactional Writing, 19th Century Fiction & Creative Writing.

Year 10: Post-19th Century Modern British Text, 19th Century novel, Shakespeare, Non-Fiction & Transactional Writing, 19th Century Fiction & Creative Writing.

Year 11: Relationships Poetry, Re-visiting core texts from Year 10.


English Language:

Paper 1 – Nineteenth Century Fiction and Transactional Writing 60% (1hr45)

Paper 2 – Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing 40% (2hrs)

English Literature:

Paper 1 – Modern text and Shakespeare 50% (1hr45)

Paper 2 – 19th Century novel and Poetry 50% (2hr15)

List of Resources

The Best Revision Guides:


  • Students books

  • CGP 9-1 spec GCSE English Literature txt guides (available for each individual text in reprographics, £3)


  • Pearson Publications

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language Revision Guide

Target 5 Edexcel English Language Revision / workbook

Target 9 Edexcel English language Revision /workbook

Target 5 Edexcel 9-1 English Literature (available for: An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde and Unseen poetry)

  • York Notes:

An Inspector Calls (revision and workbook available)

Jekyll and Hyde (revision and workbook available)

Romeo and Juliet (revision and workbook available)

Macbeth (revision and workbook available)

The Best Revision Websites:

  • BBC Bite-size – simple but clear information (not enough on its own)

  • Shmoop

  • Sparknotes

  • Litcharts (all 3 sites have more detailed information on all texts studied)