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. Assignments are included in the course which enable 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 with and has 13 Tutor Marked Assessments (including 2 practice examinations).

The course consists of the following 6 modules:

  • Literary Analysis
  • Essay Technique
  • John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
  • Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
  • Unseen Poetry and the Poetry Anthology
  • J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls

The Syllabus:

The English Literature IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in English Literature (4ET1) syllabus for examinations in May/June 2020 or later years. Assessment is by two written papers.


Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1 - Poetry and Modern Prose (2 hours) is 60% of the total marks.
  • Paper 2 - Modern Drama and Literary Heritage Texts (1 hour 30 minutes) is 40% of the total marks.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.

Additional Reading:

Students will need to acquire their own copies of "Of Mice and Men", "Romeo and Juliet" and An Inspector Calls. 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 should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no 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 to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. 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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