On this one-year course you will study a variety of texts of different genres.
Successful achievement of this qualification will enhance your career prospects. It also encourages a skills-based approach to analysis. It offers excellent preparation for Level 3 English Literature and other humanities-based Level 3 courses, as well as giving students a grounding in a wide variety of literature that will stay with them for life.
The course will involve preparation for two exams:
Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
Paper 2 – Modern texts and poetry
You should be 19 years old or over and will be screened and interviewed. You will need to attain a Level 2 screening in English.
You should have an interest in reading and should also enjoy watching plays/films and reading poetry.
You should also maintain a good level of attendance throughout the course.
The course will involve preparation for two end-of-year exams.
Learners will be prepared for these exams with a range of preparation materials and mock exams.
This will involve exploring and analysing Shakespeare’s play, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Sign of Four’ - a 19th century novel including the legendary character of Sherlock Holmes.
In the actual Paper 1 for section A, students will answer one question on the Shakespeare play. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
For section B students will be required to write in detail about an extract from the ‘The Sign of Four’ and then to write about the novel as a whole.
This will involve exploring and analysing a modern drama text ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley. In the exam for section A, you will answer one essay question from a choice of two on this play.
For section B, Poetry, you will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the anthology cluster ‘Power and Conflict,’ which we will study as part of the course.
Assessment is based on 100% examination, with two exams.
You will need to purchase your own copies of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Sign of Four’ and J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls.’
We also recommend that you purchase a folder to keep your work in and a notebook for taking notes in class.
A grade 4 in GCSE English Literature enhances your career prospects and counts towards the 5 GCSE entry requirement for Level 3 courses or careers.
Former Derby College GCSE student Pavla Kesslerova is travelling to Zimbabwe next month to undertake further research for her MSc Health Psychology course.
Pavla, who is originally from the Czech Republic, graduated from Sheffield Hallam University last year with a first class honour’s degree in psychology.
But the former adult GCSE maths and English student, who studied at the Ilkeston site, believes she would not have “progressed on her learning journey” without Derby College.
Before having her two children, Pavla worked for 10 years supporting young adults with autism, starting as support worker then becoming team leader, deputy manager and ultimately domiciliary care manager.
She said: “After my maternity leave, I felt I needed to expand my academic knowledge and “activate” my brain again. I wasn’t sure how to approach this, though, as I’d become a mother later in life and felt a bit anxious about going “back to school” in my 40s.
But, as soon as I stepped into Derby College in Ilkeston for the initial knowledge test, I felt at ease. I was welcomed and reassured that people in my age group regularly took evening classes with Derby College.”
Pavla needed maths and English GCSEs to study for a psychology degree, plus she wanted to boost her “Maturita”, the Czech equivalent of A levels. The year she spent at Derby College helped prepare her well for university.
She said: “Psychology research is all about statistics, and one needs to be confident in maths before engaging with complicated quantitative research methods. Academic writing is a massive part of the Psychology course; the GSCE in English gave me a great foundation.”
While in Africa, Pavla will be gathering further data for her research project, which centres on gaining a better understanding of vaccine hesitancy.
She added: “I still feel grateful to Derby College and would definitely recommend it. Without it I would not have been able to progress on my learning journey.”
I still feel grateful to Derby College and would definitely recommend it. Without it I would not have been able to progress on my learning journey.