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Further Progression

Course Overview

The course features a relevant, updated and engaging selection of texts ranging from British heritage to modern international. Through the literary heritage component, you will engage with texts such as Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice.

Skills You'll Learn

  • 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 writers achieve their literary effects
  • 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.

Learn how English Literature courses compare to Language courses.

English Literature Overview

Exam Overview

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature comprises one mandatory component (1) and a choice of an additional examined component (2) or coursework option (3).

  • Component 1: Poetry and Modern Prose
  • Component 2: Modern Drama and Literary Heritage Texts
  • Paper 3: Modern Drama and Literary Heritage Texts

Component 1: 2 hours Component 2: 1 hour and 30 minutes Paper 3: Internally assessed


Component 1: Externally assessed twice a year Component 2: Externally assessed twice a year Paper 3: Internally assessed twice a year


Component 1 | 90 marks Component 2 | 60 marks Paper 3 | 60 marks

Progression and Prerequisites