In the Edexcel International GCSE English Literature course you will examine some works of English literature and analyse the styles and techniques used by the authors.
The Edexcel International GCSE English Literature course will give you an appreciation of how writers use form, structure and language to achieve particular effects and will enhance your enjoyment of reading.
Your study should help you develop a range of skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in English Literature, and could lead to a career in one of its associated fields.
In your first examined unit, you will explore the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and the play An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley. In your study, you will examine how writing styles may vary according to time and place, and explore now each writer presents their themes, plots and characterisation.
As you progress to your second Edexcel International GCSE unit, your study of English Literature will also see you looking at a range of poetry from different historical periods. You will be able to compare the varied forms and structures that exist in this broad form of literature. You will also be required to respond to unseen prose or poetry texts.
Knowledge and Understanding
The Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature enables students to:
· engage with and develop the ability to read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts from around the world
· develop an appreciation of the ways in which authors achieve their literary effects and to develop the skills needed for literary study
· explore, through literature, the cultures of their own and other societies
· find enjoyment in reading literature and understand its influence on individuals and societies.
As a distance learner, you will be completing the Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature through Assessment Route One, with the set texts prescribed below.
You will be assessed through 100% written examination (Paper 1 and Paper 2).
Reading and writing are assessed in the internationally recognised forms of Standard English: either British or American standard forms are acceptable in the students’ writing.
Spelling must be consistent, whether it follows British or American usage.
Assessment Objectives and Weightings% in
The whole course combines a number of learning outcomes. The assessment objectives for Edexcel International GCSE English Literature are weighted as follows:
a close knowledge and understanding of prose, poetry and drama texts
and their contexts
understanding and appreciation of writers’ uses of the following as
appropriate: theme, characterisation, plot and setting
understanding of the writers’ use of language, structure and form to
create literary effects
a focused, sensitive, lively and informed personal engagement with literary texts
Paper 1: Drama and Prose Paper Code: 4ET0/01
This paper is worth 60% of the total Edexcel International GCSE. This paper will assess A01, A02 and AO4.
• Externally assessed
• Availability: January and June series
• Drama - J B Priestley: An Inspector Calls
• Prose - John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
This unit will introduce you to the study of drama and prose.
The Edexcel International GCSE English Literature examination requires you to read and respond to plays and novels. You will be expected to apply the skills developed in your reading and study to evaluate how the writers present elements like plot and structure, setting, style, characterisation and other important themes.
• The assessment of this paper is through a one-hour and 45-minute examination, set and marked by Edexcel.
• The total number of marks available is 60.
This is a closed book examination. You will not be allowed your copies of the texts into the examination room.
Paper 2: Unseen Texts and Poetry Anthology Paper - Code 4ET0/02
This paper is worth 40% of the total Edexcel International GCSE. This paper will assess A03 and A04.
• Externally assessed
• Availability: January and June series
• Unprepared poem or prose extract.
• Section C of the Edexcel Anthology for Edexcel International GCSEE and Certificate Qualifications in English Language
and Literature (you will be able to download this anthology from the Edexcel website).
The following poems may be assessed:
If — Rudyard Kipling
Prayer Before Birth — Louis Macneice
Half-past Two — U A Fanthorpe
Piano — D H Lawrence
Hide and Seek — Vernon Scannell
Sonnet 116 (‘Let me not to the marriage ...’) — Shakespeare
La Belle Dame Sans Merci — John Keats
Poem at Thirty-Nine — Alice Walker
Telephone Conversation — Wole Soyinka
Once Upon a Time — Gabriel Okara
War Photographer — Carol Ann Duffy
The Tyger — William Blake
My Last Duchess — Robert Browning
A Mother in a Refugee Camp — Chinua Achebe
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night — Dylan Thomas
Remember — Christina Rossetti
In this unit of the course you will explore the poems listed above and use your critical skills to identify and evaluate features of language, structure and form, including imagery, metaphor, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, alliteration, and other linguistic and structural devices.
• The assessment of this paper is through a one-hour and 30-minute examination, set and marked by Edexcel.
• The total number of marks available is 40.
Copies of the poems will be made available in the examination.
The introduction has covered the basic course content and assessment criteria. Further information can be obtained through Edexcel.
Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.
Approximately 240 hours.
Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature or Level 2 Certificate in English Literature if taken in UK state school.
Specification: Edexcel and Edexcel
Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.
Payment by Instalments
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Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.
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Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
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