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The benefits of studying Cambridge IGCSE English Literature

The ability to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of IGCSE English Literature will improve your child’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!


We also offer courses in IGCSE English Language and IGCSE English as a Second Language.

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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
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Prior Requirements/Hours of Study

  • The Cambridge IGCSE course assumes that our young learners will have studied English Language from the English National Curriculum (Years 7 – 9) or an equivalent national educational framework. However, we always welcome enquiries from mature students who may have alternative experiences.
  • 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.
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies.

The Syllabus and the Exam

The 2019 course will prepare your child for the Cambridge (CAIE) IGCSE English Literature syllabus 0486. From 2020, the syllabus code becomes 0475.

•    The set texts to be studied for 2019 and 2020 are: Shakespeare: Macbeth Fourteen poems from Songs of Ourselves, a Cambridge anthology of 19th and 20th Century verse (the poems for 2020 are a different selection than those for 2019) Alan Paton: Cry the Beloved Country

•    The set texts to be studied for 2021 are: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Fourteen poems from Songs of Ourselves, a Cambridge anthology of 19th and 20th Century verse, Alan Paton: Cry the Beloved Country

•   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.

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge IGCSE English Literature is £495 via instalments (initial payment of £103 and 8 monthly instalments of £49). There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £470.

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Meet our IGCSE English Literature Tutors

Kevin Loh, Homeschooling Student, Singapore

I received an A* for my IGCSE English Literature. It came as a wonderful surprise as I received only a C for my preliminary mock exams in school. What really helped me were the notes that Wolsey Hall Oxford provided. This was particularly so because there were hardly any available resources on the stories and poems I had to learn for the exam. The notes provided were excellent – in depth yet easy to understand. Literature was not my best subject and to get an A* was truly awesome – thank you Wolsey Hall Oxford!

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