Specification/Exam Board: CCEA
Criteria for Entry: Grade B in either GCSE English or Literature. Students who have a B in Literature must also have at least a C in English.
This specification aims to encourage students to:
- engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;
- develop and apply effectively their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation;
- explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them;
- deepen their understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English;
- carry out independent research and present personal responses in the form and language appropriate to literary study;
- develop advanced study skills that help them prepare for third level education;
- demonstrate through challenging internal and external assessments that they understand and can apply key concepts; and
- nurture a lifelong interest in English literature.
The following are important features of this specification.
- It includes five assessment units: four externally assessed and one internally assessed.
- It gives students the opportunity to study a range of English literature written by Irish writers.
- It gives students the opportunity to read texts from the canon of English literature and also texts by more modern writers.
- It allows students to develop as discerning readers, capable of independent and critical research.
- It can give students a sound basis for progression to higher education.
- A range of support is available, including specimen assessment materials and teacher guidance.
Scheme of assessment