Highgrove Education

International GCSE English literature

The Edexcel International GCSE in English Literature takes you on an exploration through a world of captivating literature. On the way you’ll develop the ability to engage with and comprehend a wide range of literary texts from diverse global sources. You’ll explore the techniques authors use to craft their masterpieces, from timeless classics like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to modern works like John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” You’ll dive into the art of poetry, unlocking its secrets and even tackling unseen verses. And you’ll engage with modern drama, with a deep dive into the modern classic “An Inspector Calls” by J B Priestley. It’s not just about studying literature; it’s about finding joy in every page.

GCSE English Lit

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational Modular GCSE English Literature
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableNovember and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length2 years
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons (including allocated reading time), 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 12
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons (including allocated reading time), 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
Unit 1: Poetry and Modern Prose
  • The poetry collection from Part 3 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology.
  • A selection of modern poetry in preparation for an unseen poetry assessmentv
  • One modern prose text: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck.
Unit 2: Modern Drama and Literary Heritage Texts
  • One modern drama text: An Inspector Calls, J B Priestley
  • One literary heritage text: Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE English Literature Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for English

International Modular GCSE

2 Exams
Unit 1(120 minutes). 60% of the total International GCSE.
Unit 1 is a closed book examination
Unit 2(120 minutes). 40% of the total International GCSE.
Unit 2 is an open book examination


English Literature is one of our compulsory subjects for full time students, alongside Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English Language. Pupils gaining a 7 or above in GCSE English Literature will be eligible to study English Literature at A level.

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: