The English Literature IGCSE Course is the perfect course if you enjoy reading. You may well want to find out how to get more out of a book or be introduced to literature you have not come across before. This home study course offers a stimulating and enjoyable introduction to the study of English Literature, and provides an excellent foundation for the study of English Literature at A Level.

Each lesson of the course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment tests. There are 11 tutor-marked assignments including one mock exam paper which enables students to engage with and develop the ability to read, understand and respond to a range of literary texts from around the world.

The English Literature IGCSE course is divided into six modules, 19 lessons and 16 Poetry worksheets. It is set out as follows:

  • Literary Analysis
  • Essay Technique
  • John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
  • Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  • Edexcel Poetry Anthology
  • Unseen Texts

The Syllabus:

The English Literature IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in English Literature (4ET0) syllabus for examinations in May/June 2017 or January 2018.

A new specification (Edexcel 4EA1) will be available for first examinations in May/June 2018. The new specification will have a different grading system to previous years. The grading system for the new IGCSE specifications will be Graded 1 to 9 with 9 being the highest grade. Students wanting to complete this specification should specify 2018 as their chosen exam window on their student information form.


Assessment is by two written examinations.

  • Paper 1 - 1 hour 45 minutes (Drama & Prose)

  • Paper 2 - 1 hour 30 minutes (Poetry)


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.


No coursework is required.

Additional Reading:

Students will need to acquire their own copies of "Of Mice and Men" and "Romeo and Juliet" in any edition.

The Poetry Anthology, which includes such well known poems as Kipling's 'If' and Blake's 'Tyger' as well as a range of poems by international writers such as Alice Walker and Chinua Achebe, can be downloaded from the Edexcel website.

The course includes a set of worksheets designed to be used in conjunction with each poem, enabling the student to study each in close detail.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they need to keep in regular contact. The essential relationship between student and tutor begins with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan.

All tutors are fully qualified teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. So when you enrol on a home study course you can be assured of the assistance of a professionally qualified subject specific tutor.

We don't set a limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student consolidate the learning he or she has done and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a local rate telephone number such as a 0845 number. This means that when you phone your tutor it will only cost you the price of a local call. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel .

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

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