Key Stage 4 English

Exam Board and Specification

GCSE students at Littleover Community School study two GCSEs in their English lessons: Language and Literature.  Lessons will be shared amongst these subjects.  Though the content may be different, a lot of the skills are transferable: the ability to phrase and structure ideas cogently; accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; close textual analysis; making comparisons between texts; and formation of interpretations.  For copies of texts studied, see below.

Exam board: Edexcel

Topics/Skills Taught

Year 10

  • 19th Century Novel
  • Shakespeare Play
  • Unseen Fiction Extract Analysis
  • Imaginative Writing
  • Transactional Writing
  • Unseen Non-fiction Extracts Analysis
  • First Half of Poetry Anthology


Year 11

  • Modern Play
  • Spoken Language Endorsement Presentation
  • Second Half of Poetry Anthology
  • Unseen Poetry
  • Revision of other Literature Texts
  • Revision of Unseen Fiction Extract Analysis
  • Revision of Imaginative Writing
  • Revision of Transactional Writing
  • Revision of Unseen Non-fiction Extract Analysis


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Blood Brothers Romeo and Juliet Key Stage 4 TextsS

Copies of the Literature Texts

We will provide all pupils with copies of the texts to study.  However, as these will be used and reused by lots of year groups, we cannot allow them to be annotated (except the poetry anthology).

Below are details of the editions used in school if you are interested in purchasing them.


Macbeth (Oxford School Shakespeare)
ISBN: 9780198324003

Romeo and Juliet (Oxford School Shakespeare)
ISBN: 9780198321668

Post-1914 Literature

An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley (Heinemann)
ISBN: 9780435232825

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell (Methuen Student Edition)
ISBN: 9780413695109

19th-Century Novel

Silas Marner by George Eliot (Wordsworth Classics)
ISBN: 9781853262210

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Wordsworth Classics)
ISBN: 9781853261213

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Collins Classics)
ISBN: 9780007351008