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GCSEEnglish Literature

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£37/month interest-free

6 months


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Start anytimewith support till summer 2019 results

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ExamsMay/June 2019

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  • The same GCSE qualification you’d get in school, all online
  • 9.6/10 Trustpilot rating from 2500+ independent reviews
  • Live online classrooms and unlimited 1:1 personal tutor support
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own schedule
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your phone, tablet or laptop

Why is this course right for you?

Our uniquely flexible online English course means that even if you're working full-time or caring for family, you can fit learning around your busy life.

You'll examine some of the masterworks of English literature and analyse the styles and techniques of their authors. You'll learn how the great writers inform, connect and persuade, and develop your own techniques to do the same.

Your GCSE English Literature will be a stepping stone to further education, a fulfilling career - and a better future.

Entry requirements

You don’t need any previous qualifications to take this course.

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.


Course content

This course will teach you the Edexcel GCSE English Literature (1ET0 specification) syllabus.

You'll study a mix of prose, poetry and drama:

  • Shakespeare: "The Merchant of Venice"
  • Post-1914 Literature: "An Inspector Calls" by J B Priestley
  • 19th-Century Novel: "Silas Marner" by George Eliot
  • Poetry since 1789

You'll need to source your own copy of each prose and drama text.

For full details of what you’ll explore through each text, download the GCSE English Literature course guide.


GCSE exams

Please note that you’re responsible for booking your exam.

You’ll arrange to sit it at a school or college roughly 6 months before your exam date.

The GCSE English Literature exam consists of two written papers:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature
  • Paper 2: 19th-Century Novel and Poetry Since 1789

Your exam fees aren't included in the course cost as you'll pay these directly to your exam centre.

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  • Unlimited 1:1 support from your personal English tutor, online or by phone
  • Live interactive online classrooms led by our in-house English teacher
  • Call our English teacher helpline for extra guidance when you're stuck
  • Complete marked mock exams to ensure you're well-prepared for the real thing


We’re the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

We’re also the UK’s most trusted GCSE provider, with a Trustpilot rating of 9.6/10 from more than 2500 independent reviews.

Our flexibility, unlimited tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of students like you get the GCSEs they need to succeed.

Yes, it’s exactly the same.

You’ll sit the same exams at the same time as all the other GCSE students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

Your GCSE will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide, exactly the same as if you'd studied in school or college.

Right away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol – you can begin your course at any time.

Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

  • Personal English tutor available anytime online or by phone
  • In-house English teacher runs live classrooms and the English helpline
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Student forums so you can connect and share advice with other GCSE students
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date, you should book your place at an exam centre to take the Edexcel GCSE English Literature (1ET0 specification) exam.

Exam centres are usually schools or colleges that are also submitting their own students for the exam.

Edexcel publish a list of exam centres that accept private candidates. This won’t cover every available centre, so if there’s nothing shown in your area, we recommend contacting local schools and colleges directly.

Your exam fees aren’t included in the course cost as they’re paid directly to the exam centre. They’ll vary depending on which centre you choose.

If you’d like to pay in full, you can enrol online using the ‘Add to Basket’ button at the top of the page.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our GCSE Advisors on 0800 015 3326.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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