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Compare our GCSE English Literature (8702) to Eduqas’ offering.

Although each exam board’s specification is different, the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual state that they all need to include the following:

  • at least one Shakespeare play
  • at least one 19th -century novel
  • a number of unseen texts
  • a comparison of unseen texts
  • an assessment of students’ use of vocabulary, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation (AO4).

Key similarities

  • Both boards have two papers, the first is worth 40% and the second is worth 60% of the GCSE.
  • Both boards use extract-to-whole style questions.
  • Both boards allocate marks for AO4 in Section A of each assessment.
  • Both boards include a question asking students to compare two unseen poems.
  • Both poetry questions print a poem from the Anthology and require the student to choose the poem they’d like to compare.

Key differences

  • AQA offers a wider choice of texts for the modern, 19th -century novel sections and poetry sections, increasing your chances of finding something to inspire your students.
  • AQA provide a choice of two clusters of poetry in their anthology; Eduqas provide one cluster of poetry in their Anthology.
  • AQA recognises the skills of Literature analysis are intertwined and therefore assess AO1, AO2 and AO3 holistically in every question, except the unseen poetry.
  • AQA offer students a choice of two questions on their chosen modern text.

Assessment comparison

Paper 1

AQA Eduqas
1hr 45 mins 2hrs
64 marks 80 marks
40% of GCSE 40% of GCSE

Section A

AQA Eduqas
Section A: Shakespeare Section A: Shakespeare
One extract-based essay question. Students write about an extract from their chosen play, and the play as a whole - all within the same response.

Two essay questions. The first question focuses on an extract, the second focuses on the whole play.

AO1, AO2 and A03 are assessed holistically across Section A and Section B.

AO4 is only assessed in Section A (4 marks).

Section A assesses AO1 and AO2.

AO4 is only assessed in Section A (5 marks).

Section B

AQA Eduqas
Section B: The 19th-century novel Section B: Poetry from 1789 to the present day
One extract-based essay question. Students write about an extract from their chosen novel and the play as a whole.

Two essay questions. The first question is on a printed poem from the Eduqas Anthology.

The second question requires students to choose a poem from the anthology and compare it to the printed poem from the first question.

AO1, AO2 and A03 are assessed holistically across Section A and Section B.

Section B assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Paper 2

AQA Eduqas
2hrs 15 mins 2hrs 30mins
96 marks 120 marks
60% of GCSE 60% of GCSE

Section A

AQA Eduqas
Section A: Modern texts Section A: Post-1914 prose/drama
One essay question from a choice of two. Students write about their chosen text. One extract-based essay question. Students are required to write about an extract from their chosen text, and the text as a whole, all within the same response.

Section A and Section B assess AO1, AO2 and AO3 holistically.

AO4 is only assessed in Section A (4 marks).

Section A and assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4.

Section B

AQA Eduqas
Section B: Poetry Section B: 19th-century prose
One question comparing two poems from the AQA Anthology. One poem will be printed on the paper. Students choose the second poem from the anthology cluster.

One extract-based essay question. Students are required to write about an extract from their chosen novel, and the play as a whole.

Section A and Section B assess AO1, AO2 and AO3 holistically. Section B assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Section C

AQA Eduqas
Section C: Unseen Poetry Unseen poetry from the 20th/21st-century
Two questions: one question on an unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Two questions: one on an unseen poem, one comparing the unseen poem with a second unseen poem.

The first question assesses AO1 and AO2, the second question assesses AO2. Section C assesses AO1 and AO2.

Text comparison

19th-century novel

AQA Eduqas
  • Jane Eyre
  • Great Expectations
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Frankenstein
  • The Sign of Four
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Silas Marner
  • The War of the Worlds

Modern text/Post-1914 British play or novel

AQA Eduqas
  • Animal Farm
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Anita and Me
  • Blood Brothers
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Pigeon English
  • A Taste of Honey
  • DNA
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play-script)
  • The History Boys
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Telling Tales (AQA only)
  • AQA short story anthology

AQA past and present poetry anthology

  • A taste of Honey
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Anita and Me
  • Blood Brothers
  • DNA
  • Journey’s End
  • Lord of the Flies
  • My Mother Said I Never Should
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
  • The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime (play-script)
  • The History Boys
  • The Woman In Black

Eduqas poetry anthology

Love and relationships

AQA Eduqas
  • When We Two Parted – Lord Byron
  • Love’s Philosophy – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Porphyria’s Lover – Robert Browning
  • Sonnet 29 – ‘I think of thee!’ – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Neutral Tones – Thomas Hardy
  • Letters From Yorkshire – Maura Dooley
  • The Farmer’s Bride – Charlotte Mew
  • Walking Away – Cecil Day-Lewis
  • Eden Rock – Charles Causley
  • Follower – Seamus Heaney
  • Mother, any distance – Simon Armitage
  • Before You Were Mine – Carol Ann Duffy
  • Winter Swans – Owen Sheers
  • Singh Song! – Daljit Nagra
  • Climbing My Grandfather – Andrew Waterhouse
  • The Manhunt – Simon Armitage
  • Sonnet 43 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • London – William Blake
  • The Soldier – Rupert Brooke
  • She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron
  • Living Space – Imtiaz Dharker
  • As Imperceptibly as Grief – Emily Dickinson
  • Cozy Apologia – Rita Dove
  • Valentine – Carol Ann Duffy
  • A Wife in London – Thomas Hardy
  • Death of a Naturalist – Seamus Heaney
  • Hawk Roosting – Ted Hughes
  • To Autumn – John Keats
  • Afternoons – Philip Larkin
  • Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen
  • Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Mametz Wood – Owen Sheers
  • Excerpt from 'The Prelude' – William Wordsworth

Power and conflict

AQA Eduqas
  • Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • London – William Blake
  • Extract from ‘The Prelude’ – William Wordsworth
  • My Last Duchess – Robert Browning
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Exposure – Wilfred Owen
  • Storm on the Island – Seamus Heaney
  • Bayonet Charge – Ted Hughes
  • Remains – Simon Armitage
  • Poppies – Jane Weir
  • War Photographer – Carol Ann Duffy
  • Tissue – Imtiaz Dharker
  • The Emigrée – Carol Rumens
  • Checking Out Me History – John Agard
  • Kamikaze – Beatrice Garland
 

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