Studying English literature can help you develop your own writing style and enhance your skills in comprehension and analysis. The IGCSE English Literature course will open your mind to the ways in which language has been used by writers through history, from Shakespeare, through classics such as Jane Austen, to contemporary poetry. Whether you are an aspiring writer yourself, or want to develop your appreciation of English literature, the IGCSE English Literature course will help you gain skills that will prove useful in any career.

Course Overview

In the IGCSE English Literature course you will examine some of the great masterworks of English literature and analyse the styles and techniques of the authors.
You will look at two novels - by Jane Austen and John Steinbeck - and two plays - by Shakespeare and J.B. Priestley - and look at how the styles vary with the eras and explore their themes, plots and characterisation.

Your study of English literature will also see you looking at a range of poetry, from centuries ago and from the modern era, and you will compare the varied forms and structures that exist in this broad and enduring form of literature.

The IGCSE English Literature course will give you an appreciation of the works studied and the ability to gain more from all your reading. Crucially, an IGCSE English Literature will also tell any prospective employer you have acquired reasoning and analytical skills which will be useful in any employment.

Course Content

The English Literature IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in English Literature (4ET0) Specification for examinations in June 2012 and later years.

Key topics

  • This unit will introduce you to the study of drama. It is an essential part of the IGCSE English Literature examination that you are able to read a play and apply your critical skills in establishing elements like plot and structure, setting, style, characterisation and other important themes.
  • In this course you will study two plays: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and An Inspector Calls by the 20th century dramatist, J.B. Priestley. You will learn that there are many differences between the two plays but that they also have something in common: like all dramas, they were written to be performed. This makes them very different to the novels you will study later in the course.

  • As in the Drama unit it is essential that you can read a novel and apply your critical skills in establishing elements like plot and structure, setting, style, characterisation and other important themes
  • In this unit you will study two novels: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

  • Poetry is a form of literary expression that is more condensed and stylised that prose or drama. In this unit of the course you will read a selection of poems and learn how to apply your critical skills in establishing elements like rhyme, repetition, alliteration, imagery, metaphor and other important poetic devices.
  • The poems studied in this unit are based on an anthology set by Edexcel. You will be able to download this anthology from the Edexcel website and full details are included in the course material.

Payment Option
  • You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.
  • Standard Course Fee: £500/month for a combination of 5 courses that includes English Literature.
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  • Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.
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Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE English Literature course. Every possible effort has been made to make this type of education as accessible as possible.


Internal Assessment

This will be in the form of on campus tests under the supervision of the tutor. They will be conducted as you progress through the course and will be designed to test knowledge of the material taught. Number of these tests will be at the tutor’s discretion.


The IGCSE English Literature examination consists of two papers:

Paper 1: Drama and Prose (4ET0/01)
  • The assessment of this paper is through a one hour and 45 minute examination, set and marked by Edexcel.
  • Single tier of entry.
  • The paper is divided into two sections: Drama and Prose. You will be required to answer one question from each section.
  • There will be a choice of two questions for each text in both sections.
  • This is a closed book examination i.e. texts may not be taken into the examination.
  • The total number of marks available is 60.

Paper 2: Unseen Texts and Poetry Anthology (4ET0/02)
  • The assessment of this paper is through a one hour and 30 minute examination, set and marked by Edexcel.
  • Single tier of entry.
  • Students must answer either the question on an unseen poem, or the question on an unseen prose extract.
  • Students must also answer one question on Section C from the anthology.
  • Students answer two questions on this paper in total.
  • You will not be allowed to take copies of the anthology into the examination; all the anthology poems will be reprinted for the examination paper in a separate booklet.
  • The total number of marks available is 40.

Assessment Dates

Assessments will be held every June and January.

Study/Support Period

Period for study/support is 12 months. During this time, you will have full access to data and information relevant to your course. However, you will have to be on campus to access on line data.


Attendance to lectures will be strictly monitored.

Future Prospects

An IGCSE in English Literature will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in English Literature, and could lead to a career in one of its associated fields. If you wish to enter or progress in employment, you'll find your IGCSE English Literature will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.