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Here you'll find all the necessary information on the new GCSE English literature programme of study, including all the relevant resources at market-leading prices.

You may also like our English resources page, which features guides and lesson plans on dozens of set texts and poems, including An Inspector Calls, Animal Farm and Silas Marner.

Statutory requirements:

  • at least one play by Shakespeare (visit our Shakespeare page for the best GCSE Shakespeare series)
  • at least one 19th century novel
  • a selection of poetry since 1789, including representative Romantic poetry
  • fiction or drama from the British Isles from 1914 onwards.

Jump to your exam board.

AQA - CCEA - Edexcel - OCR - WJEC - Eduqas


AQA

For details on AQA's prescribed poems and lesson plans visit our GCSE English Literature poetry specification page.

AQA Bestsellers:

19th Century Novel:

Stevenson Jekyll.pngDickens Christmas.pngDickens Expectations.pngBronte Jane Eyre.pngShelley Frankenstein.pngAusten Pride.png
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Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Macbeth.pngShakespeare Romeo.pngShakespeare Tempest.pngShakespeare Merchant.pngShakespeare Much Ado.pngShakespeare Julius.png

Related resources*

Modern Text Drama:

Priestley Inspector.pngRussell Blood.pngBennett History.pngKelly DNA.pngStephens Curious.pngDelany Taste.png

Related resources*

Modern Text Prose:

Golding Lord.pngOrwell Animal.pngIshiguro Never.pngSyal Anita.pngKelman Pigeon.png

Related resources*

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CCEA

Study Of Prose:

Hornby About.pngOrwell Animal.pngBabylon Johnston.pngGolding Lord.pngSteinbeck Mice.pngDoyle Paddy.png
Lee Mockingbird.png

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Drama:

Priestley Inspector.pngRussell Blood.pngStephens Curious.pngSherriff Journeys.pngOCasey Juno.pngPhiladelphia Friel.png

Related resources*

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Edexcel

19th Century Novel:

Stevenson Jekyll.pngDickens Christmas.pngDickens Expectations.pngBronte Jane Eyre.pngShelley Frankenstein.pngAusten Pride.png
Eliot Silas.png

Related resources*

Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Macbeth.pngShakespeare Romeo.pngShakespeare Tempest.pngShakespeare Merchant.pngShakespeare Much Ado.pngShakespeare Twelfth.png

Related resources*

Modern Text Drama:

Priestley Inspector.pngRussell Blood.pngBrighouse Hobson.pngSherriff Journeys.png

Related resources*

Modern Text Prose:

Golding Lord.pngOrwell Animal.pngSyal Anita.pngHill Woman.png

Related resources*

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OCR

19th Century Novel:

Stevenson Jekyll.pngDickens Expectations.pngBronte Jane Eyre.pngAusten Pride.pngWells War.png

Related resources*

Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Macbeth.pngShakespeare Romeo.pngShakespeare Merchant.pngShakespeare Much Ado.png

Related resources*

Modern Text Drama:

Priestley Inspector.pngKelly DNA.pngKeatley My Mother.png

Related resources*

Modern Text Prose:

Orwell Animal.pngIshiguro Never.pngSyal Anita.png

Related resources*

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WJEC

WJEC Bestsellers:

Different Cultures Prose:

Steinbeck Mice.pngSyal Anita.pngLee Mockingbird.pngAngelou Caged Bird.png

Related resources*

Literary Heritage Drama:

Shakespeare Othello.pngShakespeare Much Ado.pngPriestley Inspector.pngBrighouse Hobson.pngDelany Taste.png

Related resources*

Contemporary Prose:

Doyle Paddy.pngCormier Heroes.pngIshiguro Never.pngHornby About.pngSheers Resistance.png

Contemporary Drama:

Bennett History.pngRussell Blood.pngMiller View.pngWhittington Be My Baby.pngKeatley My Mother.png

Literary Heritage Prose:

Eliot Silas.pngAusten Pride.pngDickens Christmas.pngGolding Lord.pngAbse Ash.png

Related resources*

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Eduqas

Shakespeare:

Shakespeare Romeo.pngShakespeare Macbeth.pngShakespeare Othello.pngShakespeare Much Ado.pngShakespeare Merchant.pngShakespeare Henry V.png

Related resources*

Post 1914 Prose/Drama:

Golding Lord.pngSyal Anita.pngIshiguro Never.pngHill Woman.pngStephens Curious.pngDelany Taste.png
Priestley Inspector.pngBennett History.pngRussell Blood.pngWinterson Oranges.png

Related resources*

19th Century Prose:

Dickens Christmas.pngEliot Silas.pngWells War.pngAusten Pride.pngBronte Jane Eyre.pngStevenson Jekyll.png

Related resources*

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*All of our English Literature resources above have been created by Ross Grainger, co-author of our Education Umbrella Press Classic Study and Revision Guides.

If you have any questions or comments you can contact Ross at: rgrainger@educationumbrella.com or 

Last updated: 11/10/2017