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English Literature IGCSE

Course Outline (EDX)

What is IGCSE English Literature?
English Language

The IGCSE English Literature course is designed to strengthen and develop a student's reading comprehension and essay writing skills. The course explores a range of texts from a variety of cultures and gives you an understanding of the development and cultural significance of classic and contemporary poetry, drama and prose. It also provides you with the foundations for writing clear, well-argued essays.

Examination structure

Paper 1: Poetry and Modern Prose
2 hours examination
60% of IGCSE

Section A - Unseen Poetry: one 20-mark essay on an unseen poem
Section B - Anthology Poetry: one 30-mark essay comparing two anthology poems
Section C - Modern Prose: one 40-mark essay question on a set text

Internal assessment 40% of IGCSE

Essay 1: a response to a modern drama text
Essay 2: a response to a literary heritage text

Set texts*

Modern prose
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Modern drama
J B Priestley, An Inspector Calls

Literary heritage text
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Poetry anthology
You will study a wide range of classic and contemporary poetry from the Edexcel Anthology.

ENGLISH LIT (EDX) IGCSE Specification Summary


Method of Assessment



Unit 1

Poetry and Modern Prose

2 hours examination

60% of IGCSE
Available May/June.

Unit 2

Coursework Drama & Literary Heritage

Autumn & Spring Term

40% of IGCSE
Available May/June.

Internally assessed work is carried out under exam conditions; however it is based on preparatory practical work done in the normal classroom setting.

Structure of the Course
The course is often offered as a one-year course, the length of the study depending on the needs and development of the student concerned. The Edexcel IGCSE English Literature course is taught in 3x 1 hour lessons per week.

Introductory Reading

Reading poetry, prose or drama by any of the authors studied in the course will give you a head start. These may include:

  • 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller
  • 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck
  • 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding


Challenges of the Course
You will be required to think in a lot of depth about the texts that we study and to work hard on your written expression in order to meet the needs of the course. You will also be expected to read as widely as possible outside the classroom.

*Set text choices may change.