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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IGCSE Course Information

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 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.
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies.

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 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 (same selection as those for 2020), a Cambridge anthology of 19th and 20th Century verse, Alan Paton: Cry the Beloved Country
  • The set texts to be studied for 2022 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.

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge IGCSE English Literature is £495 via instalments, or £470 if paid in full.

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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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