English Literature

Department Members: Mrs S. Campbell-Hanna- Head of Department

Miss M.Elliott

Mrs MacManus

Dr. R. Bresland

Mrs L.Brown

Aim of department: Pupils in Pathway 1 will study GCSE English Literature (CCEA). This course encourages pupils to be enthusiastic, independent, imaginative, critical and analytical readers. Through interactive and specifically developed resources we aim to increase their enjoyment of reading, helping to nurture a lifelong love of literature. The course deepens pupils’ knowledge and understanding of a range of poetry, prose and drama, including texts by local and modern writers. Pupils explore the impact of language, structure and form in the texts. Connecting the texts’ ideas, themes and issues is another key focus. Pupils also learn how to explain settings, characters and themes creatively through social, cultural and historical contexts. They develop their ability to research, plan and prepare their responses using their own ideas and interests, as well as critical reading.
Timetable allocation: Key Stage 4 Key Stage 5
7 periods per week 8 periods per week
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Year 11 Exam Board CCEA
Overview Pupils following the Dennett Pathway will have an opportunity to study GCSE English literature. This course will be studied over a two-year period and pupils will be encouraged to: become critical readers of prose, drama and poetry; develop the ability to analyse the impact of language, structure and form in a range of texts; connect ideas, themes and issues in a range of texts; explore contexts and experience different times, cultures, viewpoints and situations in texts; and read for enjoyment and nurture a lifelong love of literature.
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 1:

The Study of Prose

External written


30% Summer
Year 12 Exam Board CCEA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
Unit 2:

The Study of Drama

and Poetry

External written


50% Summer
Unit 3:

The Study of


Unit 3: Controlled assessment 20% Summer
Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Year 13 Exam Board CCEA
Overview Pupils will: study a wide range of interesting texts include modern, female, local authors and poets; study the Shakespearean genre: tragedy, comedy, problem or last plays; and complete an in-depth comparative study of two novels as coursework. Pupils will explore a wide range of literary texts written by Irish writers as well as literature from around the world. Pupils read texts from the canon alongside those of more modern writers. They learn about different critical approaches and how texts can reflect cultural meanings. Through engaging with a wide and challenging range of texts, pupils develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature. They also develop the skills of critical thinking, research and analysis, all of which are valued in further education as well as in the workplace.
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
AS 1: The Study of

Poetry 1900–Present

and Drama


External written examination 60% of AS

24% of A level

AS 2: The Study of

Prose Pre 1900

External written examination 40% of AS

16% of

A level

Year 14 Exam Board CCEA
Unit Title Assessment Weighting Availability
A2 1:



External written examination 20% of A level Summer
A2 2: The Study of

Poetry Pre 1900 and

Unseen Poetry

External written examination 20% of A level Summer
A2 3: Internal


Internal assessment

Students complete a 2500-word essay.

20% of A level Summer
Careers Links:
English Language and Literature are subjects that helps to develop many important skills and attributes.   The close reading skills required help to develop both powers of analysis and independence of thought.  As well as the more obvious professions of teaching and journalism, there are many others for which the study of English is an excellent preparation.  Recently qualified students have gone to university to study a variety of subjects including: English Literature, Teaching, Fashion and Communication, SEN and Early Childhood Education, Computer Science, International Politics and Conflict Studies, Social Work, Biology, History, Health Studies, Drama, Criminology, Psychology, Law, Linguistics, Sociology and Speech and Language.