International GCSE English Literature

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IGCSE English Literature

If you enjoy reading, you may well want to find out how to get more out of a book or widen the range of books you read. This course will help you do both these things. It will broaden your appreciation of literature and help you develop the skills to look at poetry and prose in a more critical and constructive way. It will also increase your understanding of the way language is used to create dramatic effects.

English Literature Course Content for 2017 Exams

The course comprises 6 modules containing 20 lessons, 16 Poetry Anthology Worksheets, 5 Unseen texts worksheets, 11 Tutor-marked Assignments including mock exam.

Module 1:       Literary Analysis

Module 2:       Essay Technique

Module 3:       Prose: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Module 4:       Drama: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Module 5:       Unseen Texts and Poetry Anthology

Module 6:       Unseen Texts

Students will need to buy copies of the set texts, Romeo and Juliet and Of Mice and Men (editions are specified in the course folder). They will also need to have access to the internet in order to download the Poetry Anthology from the Edexcel website. To download the Anthology follow the link and click on ‘Teacher Support Materials’. For further details, please see the Course Introduction.

English Literature Course Content for Exams in 2018 and later years

The English Literature Course in 2018 in largely unchanged. Module 6 “Unseen Texts” has been replaced with a brand new module “J.B. Priestley’s An inspector calls


The English Literature IGCSE Specification for 2017

Oxford Open Learning’s English Literature IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature (4Et0) for examination in June 2017.

The English Literature IGCSE Specification for 2018 and later years

Oxford Open Learning’s English Literature IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature (4Et1) for examination in June 2018 or later years.


Assessment of the Course in 2017

The course is assessed by two written exams

Paper One

The total number of marks is 60, 60% the overall total. The paper examines the drama and prose elements of the specification.

Duration – 1 hour 45 minutes

Paper Two

The total number of marks is 40, 40% of the overall total. This paper examines the poetry element of the specification, and includes a question on an unseen poem or prose fiction extract.

Duration – 1 hour 30 minutes

For further details read our international GCSE English Literature blog here, or read the Course Introduction.

Assessment of the Course in 2018

Paper 1: Unseen Poetry, Anthology Poetry and Modern Prose  (90 marks) – 2 hr paper

Paper 2: Modern Drama  and Literary Heritage Texts  (60 marks) – 90 min paper

New Grading System for 2018

For examinations in 2018 and later years Student will be graded from 9 to 1 rather than from A* to G.


Supporting Resources

English Literature IGCSE FAQs

The international GCSE English Literature is of the same level as a GCSE and is examined by Edexcel, one of the UKs most trusted examination boards. A key difference is that IGCSE English Literature does not include classroom controlled assessment or coursework, making it convenient for distance learners.

The English Literature International GCSE qualification is accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSE in UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

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