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    Is it useful to enter GCSE English literature one year early? How much time do you need to set aside for course work?

    gcse lit has no coursework, the vast majority of subjects (unless they have practical elements like DT or something) don’t have coursework anymore after they’ve switched to this 9-1 scale, so that shouldn’t be a problem. but there’s still a lot to memorise for the subject: 15 poems, 2 plays and a novel. then there’s exam structure which takes a while to master for a top grade.
    I’d advise taking English language a year early if that’s possible instead, all you need to learn for that are language+structure devices and how to structure the questions. you effectively do the same things as in lit except don’t have to memorise lots of texts, plots, themes and quotes because you won’t have seen what you’re writing about before the exam. you can do better and spend less time studying the subject with language.
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