GCSE English Literature

  • Teaching from: September 2015
  • Exams from: June 2017
  • Specification code: 8702
  • QAN code: 601/4447/6

We have worked closely with teachers to design our English Literature specification to inspire, challenge and motivate every student, regardless of ability level.

A range of texts is included to cater for the needs of teachers and students in all educational contexts. There are texts that will be familiar, as well as new ones that will inspire young readers.

It's fully co-teachable with GCSE English Language, so students will benefit from the transferable skills.


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Key dates

  • 15 May 2019 Exam for GCSE English Literature Paper 1 (8702/1)
    Series: June 2019
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 45m
  • 23 May 2019 Exam for GCSE English Literature Paper 2 (8702/2)
    Series: June 2019
    Start time: am
    Duration: 2h 15m

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