English Literature IGCSE

Our course code: X802

Course fee £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

If you’re interested in poetry or literature, our home study English literature course will allow you to pursue your passion while developing skills of analysis and critique. With greater knowledge of literary techniques, form, vocabulary and imagery, you’ll find you’re better equipped to understand exactly what the author is trying to convey. You will get more out of what you’re reading. Having IGCSE English Literature is useful if you wish to study the subject at A-Level. IGCSE English Literature improves the analytical skills that are useful in many other subject areas.

IGCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers at 16. The English Language can be used to inspire, motivate and challenge us in countless different ways. This IGCSE Qualification course will help you to read, understand and analyse texts in different forms, and write clearly and concisely.

This IGCSE English Literature course has been written to the latest specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success. You’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam. IGCSEs are Qualifications that count.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 01/09/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

Pursue your passion for poetry and prose while developing skills of analysis and critique!

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: Edexcel
  • Our course code: X802
  • Qualification code: 1ET0

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 01/09/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of two years from your course start date.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

You will be required to complete two standard IGCSE standard written exams.

Official exams

  • Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50% of marks
  • Paper 2 – 2 hours 15 minutes – 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you will also be required to complete one introductory assignment and nine assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. There is no coursework to complete. All exams must be taken in the same session.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a IGCSE in English Literature, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus (1ET0) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: An Inspector Calls

Unit one will focus on the 1945 play written by English dramatist J.B Priestley. You’ll examine themes and characters, and analyse language, structure, and form. You’ll also consider themes and characterisation, asking some crucial questions about characters such as Mr Birling: why is he so greedy, and is he all bad?

2: Romeo and Juliet: Part one

In unit two, you’ll begin your exploration of the classic Shakespearean tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet, taking a look at the first five acts. You’ll learn a little more about the play in context, and the themes and characters.

3: Romeo and Juliet: Part two

In the third unit, you’ll explore the language of Shakespeare along with his choice of structure and form, and develop an informed personal response to the play.

4: Introduction to poetry

In unit four, you’ll begin by exploring some key poetic terminology, a few of the approaches commonly taken to analysing poetry, and begin to apply what you’ve learned to unseen poetry.

5: Anthology poetry: Part one

Moving on to unit five, you’ll begin to delve into your poetry anthology, taking a look at classics such as ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, ‘Half-past two’ by U.A Fanthorpe, ‘Piano’ by D.H Lawrence, and ‘Sonnet 116’ by Shakespeare, along with the poem ‘Prayer Before Birth’ by Louis MacNeice.

6: Anthology poetry: Part two

Time for more poetry! In unit six, you’ll take a look at other classic works such as ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ by Keats, ‘Poem at Thirty-nine’ by Alice Walker, ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake, and ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ by Dylan Thomas. You’ll look at other poetic work, such as ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy, and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. Moving on, you’ll examine Christina Rossetti’s moving poem, ‘Remember’, as well as John Agard’s thought-provoking piece, ‘Half-caste’.

7: Of mice and men

In the final unit, you’ll take a deep dive into the 1937 novella by John Steinbeck, which narrates the experience of two displaced ranch workers George Milton and Lennie Small. You’ll delve into the themes and characters, and analyse language, structure and form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes, on this course you will be reading: An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, and an anthology of poetry. All of your reading material will be provided as free eBooks.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s absolutely fine! You can study via our MyOxbridge portal online, and sit your exams anywhere in the world.