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KS4 English Literature

The Cambridge IGCSE English Literature is designed as two year course to develop the students’ knowledge of recognised literary tests from the Canon. Students are encouraged to recognise and analyse authorial techniques, the effects of language and how the human condition is portrayed in print. Students will develop their skills of analysis, structured and supported argument, and interpretation of other critical viewpoints. The course is designed to make students independent thinkers and to understand the power and effect of language.

Students will study one prose text, one poetry text and one drama text from a prescribed list in the Cambridge specification and complete a coursework portfolio drawn, in part, from the texts studied.


Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) aims to develop learners who:

·         enjoy reading and become life-long readers

·         experience literature from different cultures and contexts

·         structure responses to literature independently and imaginatively

·         understand the power of the written word and its importance in our development

·         explore literature and its importance in considering the human condition through that which makes us human

Method of Assessment:

Students will sit one examination in prose and poetry


An examination in drama and a coursework portfolio of two pieces of coursework of between 600 – 1200 words in length.


An examination in drama and unseen analysis 

Future Life:

The study of Literature should prompt a life-long love of Literature and reading. The skills developed in the study of Literature are greatly recognised and regarded at university. In life beyond academia careers in politics, journalism, law, marketing, advertising and theatre all welcome Literature students wholeheartedly.

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