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English Literature GCSE

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

What is the IGCSE about?

English Literature is the heart of English as a subject. This course delves deeply into the ideas, themes and messages of a text. Here, pupils will have the opportunity to explore the psychologies of characters, the motives of authors and the social, political, historical and cultural contexts in which great pieces of literature were created. Pupils will study a range of poetry, novels and drama. At the end of it all, the aim is for pupils to understand the important role that literature plays in our lives, and how it encourages us to continue questioning and exploring what it means to be human.

What does the IGCSE consist of?

The IGCSE in English Literature comprises 60% exam and 40% coursework.

The exam component includes examination on:

  • Unseen poetry
  • Anthology poetry
  • Modern prose

The written coursework component includes

  • Analysis of a modern drama text
  • Analysis of a literary heritage text