English Literature iGCSE

Our course code: X802

Course fee: £695 or from £52 per month

Apply code 'FUND20' when enrolling

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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
  • Administration and 7-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active tutors – we contact you, 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)

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 […]

  • 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)

  • Proactive tutors

    We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

  • Awarding body: CAIE
  • Our course code: X802
  • Qualification code: 1ETO

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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, ebooks, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Assessment

All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2021.

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

Official exams

  • Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of marks
  • Paper 2 – 1 hour 30 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.

Assignments

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 CAIE. This syllabus 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: Poetry (Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3) - Getting to know the text
  • An Introduction to the history and techniques associated with poetry
  • Caged Bird, Sonnet 43, Farmhand, Muliebrity, Plenty, The Three Fates, Those Winter Sundays, Mid-Term Break, Little Boy Crying, Rising Five, Amends, Sonnet 29, Marrysong, Not Waving But Drowning, She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
  • Exploring language
  • Form, structure and genre
  • Methods of reading poetry
2: Poetry (Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3) - Developing an understanding
  • Poetic techniques & terminology used
  • Background context and quotations for the poems; Caged Bird, Sonnet 43, Farmhand, Muliebrity, Plenty, The Three Fates, Those Winter Sundays, Mid-Term Break, Little Boy Crying, Rising Five, Amends, Sonnet 29, Marrysong, Not Waving But Drowning, She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
  • Developing an informed personal response to the text
3: Prose (1984 by George Orwell) - Getting to know the text
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Book One (Chapter 1)
  • Book One (Chapters 2 and 3)
  • Book One (Chapters 4, 5 and 6)
  • Book One (Chapters 7 and 8)
  • Book Two (Chapters 1, 2 and 3)
  • Book Two (Chapters 4, 5 and 6)
  • Understanding the characters, setting and mood
  • Themes; Totalitarianism, Identity, Rebellion, Language and communication control.
4: Prose (1984 by George Orwell) – Develop an understanding of the text
  • The Language
  • The use of structure in 1984
  • Form and style
  • Exploring quotes
  • Emotional effects
  • Developing an informed personal response to the text
5: Drama (The Crucible by Arthur Miller) - Getting to know the text
  • Developing knowledge of the text
  • Key concepts; tragedy, allegory, style
  • Act One
  • Act Two
  • Act Three
  • Act Four
  • Setting, historical background and characters
  • Themes; Intolerance, hysteria and reputation
6: Drama (The Crucible by Arthur Miller) - Developing your understanding
  • The Language
  • The structure and form of Miller’s tragedy
  • Act 1
  • Act 2
  • Act 3
  • Act 4
  • Understand the play, its background and some of its themes
  • Developing an informed personal response to drama
7: Drama (Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare) - Getting to know the text
  • Renaissance Drama
  • About the play
  • Shakespearean Tragedy
  • Act 1
  • Act 2
  • Act 3
  • Act 4
  • Act 5
  • The story behind the Play
  • Themes & characters
8: Drama (Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare) - Developing your understanding
  • The Language of Shakespeare
  • Structure & Form
  • Prologue
  • Act One
  • Act Two
  • Act Three
  • Act Four
  • Act Five
  • Developing an informed personal response to the play
9: Preparing for the examination Paper 1 & 2
  • Revision Tips
  • Exam Techniques
  • Preparing for Paper 1
  • Preparing for Paper 2
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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.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. You will be supplied with an eTextbook to support you on the course. However, additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement you learning on the course. Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. The following eText is included free with your course: Cambridge IGCSE Literature in English Coursebook, Second Edition by Russell Carey. There are additional texts you will need to read: (1) Songs of Ourselves Vol 1, Part 3 - Poetry Anthology) (2) 1984, George Orwell (3) The Crucible, Arthur Miller (3) Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare

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 which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.