English Literature IGCSE Course

£ 306.93

If you want to find out how to get more out of a book or be introduced to literature you have not come across, this distance learning course is ideal.

Course Description

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 thirteen Tutor Marked Assessments (known as TMAs) which include 2 practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The English Literature IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE English Literature (4ET1) Specification for examinations in May/June 2021 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.

English Literature IGCSE Course Syllabus

The English Literature IGCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Six Modules Containing 23 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Writing about Yourself; Comparing Different Versions of an Event; Imagery and Setting; Character; and Point of View.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Persuasion; Paragraphing; Planning Essays; and Argument.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons:
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Studying Shakespeare; The First Two Acts; Acts III, IV and V; and Characters and Themes.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Analysing Poems.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: An Inspector Calls: the Curtain rises; Act Two; Act Three and a Twist in the Tale; and Review and Revision.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

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.

We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. 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.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Most IGCSE examinations are only available in the Summer examination window although some exams (Sciences and Maths) can be sat in a January examination window. We recommend students aim for the Summer examination window as there are less centres available for the January exams. If students are aiming towards the January exams, we recommend finding a centre before enrolling on the course. 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.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.

Any student aiming for the Summer 2022 examination window will need to be enrolled on the course by 14 November 2021. Students can aim towards Summer 2023 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)