English Literature

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0486

Introduction

The syllabus enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English.  Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting learners’ better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

Course Content

At the start of Key Stage 4 all students will begin the two year IGCSE English Literature course which comprises three genres: poetry, prose and drama.  The texts studied change regularly but give students the chance to deepen their knowledge of literature in English.

Assessment

The IGCSE is assessed through three exams. Paper 1 is an hour and a half exam which assesses the poetry and prose component of the course. This paper is now a closed book paper which requires the students to commit quotations from the novel or set of short stories to memory in order to substantiate their ideas and opinions of the text.  Paper 3 is an open book 45 minute exam on the drama text.  There is also an Unseen Paper, Paper 4, which requires students to be able to write a critical appreciation of a piece of literature new to them.

Careers and Progression

English Literature is an important qualification for all careers and courses.

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