Centre Assessment Grades

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GCE English Literature (2016)

The CCEA GCE English Literature specification encourages students to be independent, imaginative, critical and analytical readers. It aims to increase their enjoyment of reading across three key genres: prose, poetry and drama.

Students have opportunities to engage both with set texts and with texts of their own choosing. They explore various writers’ presentation of ideas and the impact of their work on contemporary and modern readers.

Students also learn how to develop their ability to research, plan and prepare their responses using their own ideas and interests, as well as critical reading.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

The specification has five units:

  • Unit AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama 1900–Present
  • Unit AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900
  • Unit A2 1: Shakespearean Genres
  • Unit A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry
  • Unit A2 3: Internal Assessment.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8368/8
QAN A level: 601/8369/X
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: 5110

Skills developed through our GCE English Literature

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. There’s a focus on skills in reading and evaluating the written word across various genres, conveying personal interpretations through cogent organisation of ideas and well-constructed arguments. Students also develop skills that will help them to manage information effectively, work independently and work with others.

This qualification offers lots of opportunities to develop transferable skills, such as generating creative, individual responses to problems and writing accurately and clearly.

It provides a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment in a range of areas.

For more information on this specification contact:

Olivia McNeill
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2963
Joan Jennings
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1439