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  • The same GCSE qualification you’d get in school, all online
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  • Live online English classes and unlimited support
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own schedule
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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.

Course Details for GCSE English Literature

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.

This course will teach you the Pearson 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.

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

This is a UK-based qualification, so if you’d like to sit the exam outside the UK, you should check if your local exam centre (generally an international school or the British Council) accepts non-international GCSE exam sittings.

You’ll arrange to sit your exam 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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‘I received an A*. ICS Learn have been fantastic. I was able to complete the course in my spare time and felt supported every step of the way. And it was fun learning again!’
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  • Unlimited 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
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub

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See what it’s really like to be an ICS Learn student. Learn how you’ll access your course, join a live class, chat to your tutor, sit your exams, and more.

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We're rated Excellent from more than 8,000 independent student reviews.

We make it easy to shape learning around your life with our flexible schedule, unlimited support, and interest-free* payment plans.

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 by the next working day.

  • Unlimited support
  • 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 English Literature students
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • An elevator pitch builder
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up for free here

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) exams.

Your exam centre could be a school or college that's also submitting its own students for the exam, or it could be a private exam centre. Our partner centre, Tutors & Exams, offers various discounts to ICS Learn students and has nine exam venues across the UK, including: Belfast, Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, High Wycombe, Romford, St Neots, Taunton and Wimbledon.

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.

Student Course Summaries are monthly reports we create (per subject) for both students and parents who want to remain in the know with any of the following throughout their course: 

  • Access History: tells you how many days within the month the student has logged in and how many days they've viewed the course. 
  • Submitted Assignments/Mock Exams: documents what assignments have been submitted, as well as when it was submitted, how many times the assignment has been attempted, and what grade they received. 
  • Help Requests: this will show the correspondence between the student and the tutor, any questions that have been asked and what the tutor's response was. 
  • Course News Forum: this is where students and parents can find Tutor Comments and updates on things such as Live Webinar sessions, or exam booking info.

The fee for this monthly report is a one-off price, no matter how many courses a student is enrolled in, and the fee can be integrated into your flexible payment plan. Keep in mind, however, that this fee is entirely separate from the multibuy discount. 

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. You can also verify that your course is budget-friendly when you use our handy affordability calculator

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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* Any offer of credit is made by ICS Learn and is subject to your status and eligibility.

† Pass rate based on all ICS Learn GCSE English Literature students' results in 2021.