English Literature International GCSE (Archived)

We are sorry, but this course is no longer available. For an alternative, please see our English Literature GCSE instead.



Entry requirements

You should have a good command of basic English.


This course follows specification 4ET0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specification can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Hours of study

As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2017.

Exams and assessment

Two exams: 1hr45m (60% of marks) and 1hr30m (40% of marks)
Ten assignments
No coursework
All exams must be taken in the same session

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2017.

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How to enrol

How to enrol
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Module 1: Introductory skills: Prose

  • Reading and writing about a novel
  • Some features of a novel
  • Plot and structure
  • Setting and atmosphere
  • Characterisation
  • Language and style
  • Understanding unprepared prose

Module 2: Of Mice and Men

  • Approaching the text
  • Plot and structure
  • Historical and social background
  • Setting and atmosphere
  • Language and style
  • Character
  • Lennie and George
  • Candy and Curley's wife
  • Slim, Crooks and Curley
  • Themes, symbols and features of Of Mice and Men
  • Tackling examination questions

Module 3: Introductory skills: Poetry

  • Reading poetry
  • Content, poetic voice, tone and mood
  • Imagery
  • Rhyme, rhythm and form
  • Poetry in context
  • Understanding unprepared poetry

Module 4: Edexcel poetry anthology

  • Childhood: If
  • Childhood: Prayer Before Birth
  • Childhood: Half-past Two
  • Childhood: Piano
  • Childhood: Hide and Seek
  • Love: Sonnet 116 'Let me not to the marriage...'
  • Love: La Belle Dame sans Merci. A Ballad
  • Love: Poem at Thirty-Nine
  • Places: Telephone conversation
  • Places: Once Upon a Time
  • Places: War Photographer
  • Thoughts: The Tyger
  • Thoughts: My Last Duchess Ferrara
  • Death's Approach: A Mother in a Refugee Camp
  • Death's Approach: Do not go gentle into that good night
  • Death's Approach: Remember
  • Writing effective answers to poetry questions

Module 5: Introductory skills: Drama

  • Approaching your drama text
  • JB Priestley and his writing

Module 6: An Inspector Calls

  • Approaching An Inspector Calls
  • Structure and tension in the play
  • Thinking about the plot: Act 1
  • Thinking about the plot: Act 2
  • Thinking about the plot: Act 3
  • Studying the characters 1
  • Studying the characters 2
  • Studying the characters 3
  • Contexts and themes
  • Effective examination answers
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