IGCSE English Literature

Why study Cambridge IGCSE English Literature

The ability to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of IGCSE English Literature will improve a person’s ability to communicate with others, and stimulate their creativity. Our Cambridge IGCSE English Literature homeschooling course will inspire and challenge your child as they delve deeply into a range of fascinating books and poems.

Studying IGCSE English Literature will enable your child to visit new places, gain new experiences, and meet new people – without ever leaving the house!

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Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of IGCSE Courses.

IGCSE English Lieterature student reading a set text

Key topics covered in the course

By the end of your Cambridge IGCSE English Literature course your child should be able to:

  • Read, evaluate and interpret texts
  • Recognise and analyse the ways writers achieve a range of effects
  • Create and articulate, well-informed, justified personal responses to the texts they have studied

Prior requirements and hours of study

  • Previous study: CAIE recommends that learners starting this course should have studied an English curriculum such as the Cambridge Lower Secondary programme or equivalent national educational framework such as the Key Stage 3 programme of study within the National Curriculum for England (Years 7-9).
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments. Please note that 150 hours is an approximate figure which depends on their learning abilities and the pace at which they work.
IGCSE English Literature student reading a book

The syllabus and exam

The course will prepare your child for the Cambridge (CAIE) IGCSE English Literature syllabus 0475 or 0992.

  • The set texts to be studied for 2022-23 are: Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, Fifteen poems from Songs of Ourselves Volume 2, a Cambridge anthology of 19th and 20th Century verse, Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake

The exam comprises three written papers:

Paper 1

Set texts, poetry and prose: 1 hour and 30 minutes (50% of the total mark)

Paper 3

Set text, drama: 45 minutes (25%)

Paper 4

Unseen: 1 hour and 15 minutes (25%)

There are Cambridge exam centres in over 150 countries. We can provide details of those most convenient.

All of our IGCSE courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Please note, Wolsey Hall does not provide examination texts if required to students.

Course sample and set texts studied

Cambridge IGCSE English Literature

Course Sample

IGCSE English Literature Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Igcse English literature set text The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

IGCSE English literature text Songs of ourselves Volume 2

Songs of Ourselves Volume 2

Course Fees

I’ve just got my results back and let’s just say I’m so happy! I am very lucky to have done schooling through this system. I used to go to regular school, where although my grades weren’t bad, I was struggling to keep up with everyone. I’ve found the best thing about Wolsey Hall is how I’m able to work at my own pace, so I’m never leaving topics behind that I don’t understand. Every question or problem I’ve had has been answered either through the Canvas resources or by my tutors. I’m really grateful for Wolsey for helping me pass all my exams, and I look forward to continue into my AS and AL years!
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Rebekah Lubbe – IGCSE Student