Macbeth and Frankenstein among teacher choices according to AQA

Thursday 29 May 2014

Macbeth, Frankenstein and Great Expectations are among the titles that were most requested by teachers according to research conducted by education charity and leading provider of qualifications, AQA.

The news comes as AQA today publishes details of its new draft GCSE English Literature qualification that has now been submitted to the regulator Ofqual for accreditation.

Earlier this year, AQA visited more than 250 schools and colleges in 20 locations around the country to get teachers' views on their proposed new GCSE English Literature qualification that is due to be taught from September 2015. As part of the research, teachers were asked to give feedback about some of the books that AQA was planning to include as set texts in the new qualification.

AQA then took that feedback, looked at it alongside the subject criteria for the new qualification to create its list of set texts.    

Some of the teachers' top choices include:

  • Shakespeare – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet
  • 19th Century novels – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol
  • Modern prose and drama – Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies and An Inspector Calls
  • Most requested texts – the titles that were not originally on AQA's provisional list to study but were requested by teachers and have now been added include Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and The Merchant of Venice

AQA Chief Executive, Andrew Hall said: "Choosing the right texts for students to study is crucial for an exam board, with many things to be considered. We want to make sure that we include a combination of titles that will engage and appeal to students of all abilities at the same time as allowing us to create stimulating exam papers. We also need to make sure we comply with the rules and subject criteria that set out what exam boards have to cover in the new GCSEs."

"We know that everyone will have an opinion about which texts should be studied and that we can't please everyone. However, the combination and choice we have included on our set text lists has been guided by the feedback we have had from English teachers, whose job it is to bring literature to life."

You can read the details of AQA's new draft GCSE English Literature qualification.