Private candidate English literature, can you choose which books to write about?

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Hello all, sorry if I sound dense I’m unsure how this works and don’t have a teacher to ask because I’m an adult learner going down the self taught route. I want to sit my GCSE’s next year, I’m going to do the AQA English literature 8702 paper but I’m not sure how it works in regards to books. Can you choose which books and poem to write about in the exam from the selected books? or will the paper randomly decide which one? I’m really confused about it, I’ve read online that gcse students in school get told by their teacher which book they write about in the exam, that might not be true I’m really confused and would be very grateful for advice! thank you
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So the papers will contain questions on everything available. You just answer questions on the pieces you have chosen to study, and ignore the other questions.

I've just had a look at the spec for you.

So you need to study ONE of these Shakespearean plays (your choice which one) :

Macbeth
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar

You also need to study ONE of these 19th century novels (your choice which one) :

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations (1867)
Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (1831)
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Sign of Four

You also need to study ONE of these Modern Texts (your choice which one) :

JB Priestley - An Inspector Calls
Willy Russell - Blood Brothers (musical version)
Alan Bennett - The History Boys
Dennis Kelly - DNA
Simon Stephens - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play script)
Shelagh Delaney - A Taste of Honey
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
AQA Anthology - Telling Tales
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
Meera Syal - Anita and Me
Stephen Kelman - Pigeon English

Then there is the Poetry section. The specification says this :

Poetry
Students will study one cluster of poems taken from the AQA poetry anthology, Poems Past and Present. There is a choice of two clusters, each containing 15 poems. The poems in each cluster are thematically linked and were written between 1789 and the present day.

The titles of the two clusters are:

Love and relationships
Power and conflict.

Students should study all 15 poems in their chosen cluster and be prepared to write about any of them in the examination.


Unseen poetry
In preparing for the unseen poetry section of the examination students should experience a wide range of poetry in order to develop their ability to closely analyse unseen poems. They should be able to analyse and compare key features such as their content, theme, structure and use of language.
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Here is a link to the spec if you want to have a look yourself :

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engl...on-at-a-glance
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So the papers will contain questions on everything available. You just answer questions on the pieces you have chosen to study, and ignore the other questions.

I've just had a look at the spec for you.

So you need to study ONE of these Shakespearean plays (your choice which one) :

Macbeth
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar

You also need to study ONE of these 19th century novels (your choice which one) :

Robert Louis Stevenson - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations (1867)
Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (1831)
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Sign of Four

You also need to study ONE of these Modern Texts (your choice which one) :

JB Priestley - An Inspector Calls
Willy Russell - Blood Brothers (musical version)
Alan Bennett - The History Boys
Dennis Kelly - DNA
Simon Stephens - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play script)
Shelagh Delaney - A Taste of Honey
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
AQA Anthology - Telling Tales
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
Meera Syal - Anita and Me
Stephen Kelman - Pigeon English

Then there is the Poetry section. The specification says this :

Poetry
Students will study one cluster of poems taken from the AQA poetry anthology, Poems Past and Present. There is a choice of two clusters, each containing 15 poems. The poems in each cluster are thematically linked and were written between 1789 and the present day.

The titles of the two clusters are:

Love and relationships
Power and conflict.

Students should study all 15 poems in their chosen cluster and be prepared to write about any of them in the examination.


Unseen poetry
In preparing for the unseen poetry section of the examination students should experience a wide range of poetry in order to develop their ability to closely analyse unseen poems. They should be able to analyse and compare key features such as their content, theme, structure and use of language.
Fantastic, thank you so much for explaining
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