English Literature (9715)

This is our current GCSE specification.
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GCSE English Literature (8702)

This specification develops students' enthusiasm for Literature by using a skills based approach to study. A unit based, flexible course, it is assessed by exams (foundation or higher tier) and controlled assessments. 

At Key Stage 4, the specification must be taken alongside GCSE or AQA Certificate in English Language. Post-16, students can enter GCSE English Literature as a stand alone qualification. 

This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate and the performance measures when studied with GCSE English Language.

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Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title English Literature
Specification code 9715
Certification code 9717
QAN codes 60095064

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