English Literature IGCSE

English Literature student studying at home

This Oxford Home Schooling  IGCSE English Literature course enables students to:

  • Engage with and develop the ability to read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts from around the world
  • Develop an appreciation of the ways in which authors achieve their literary effects and to develop the skills needed for literary study
  • Explore, through literature, the cultures of their own and other societies
  • Find enjoyment in reading literature and understand its influence on individuals and societies

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

Module 1:       Literary Analysis

Module 2:       Essay Technique

Module 3:       Prose: Of Mice and Men byJohn 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’.


There are two written exams lasting 1 hour 45 minutes and I hour 30 minutes respectively.

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

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.

The current syllabus (4ET0) will be for last exams in January 2018. Oxford Home Schooling are also currently enrolling on the new syllabus (4ET1) towards exams in Summer 2018 and beyond. To find out more about this new syllabus please feel free to contact a student adviser.


English Literature IGCSE and Home Education FAQs

The course has been developed to meet the requirements of Edexcel’s English Literature IGCSE specification 4ET0,

This syllabus will be for last exams in January 2018. Oxford Home Schooling are also currently enrolling on the new syllabus (4ET1) towards exams in Summer 2018 and beyond. To find out more about this new syllabus please feel free to contact a student adviser.

When you start your course with us you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser.  Your support period is then up to this examination date.

The course is designed to be accessible to students who have usually studied English up to and including Key Stage 3 Year 9.

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