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IGCSE English Language and English Literature is an intellectually rigorous course suitable for students who are genuinely interested in exploring literary texts and who have good or very good written skills.
What is IGCSE English and English Literature?

IGCSE English Language and English Literature is an intellectually rigorous course suitable for students who are genuinely interested in exploring literary texts and who have good or very good written skills in English. You should enjoy analysing novels, poems and plays in class and in essays, and already be getting good marks for doing so. The qualification is very highly rated by schools and universities and combines two GCSEs: it is essential for students who want the option of studying English Lit in the Sixth Form. It is very strongly recommended for students who want to study any essay based analytical A level subjects, such as English Lang/ Lit, History, Politics, Classical Civilisation or Media Studies.

What is IGCSE English/Lit at DLD?

The course will cover material for both GCSEs fully in one year. We will help you make the step up from Year 10 work, with new texts and with sufficient contact hours to improve your skills over a wide range of activities. A Speaking and Listening certificate of achievement will also be taken as part of the course.

Why should I study IGCSE English/Lit?

Choose IGCSE English / Literature if you like studying literature. You will analyse written and spoken texts of all kinds, with an emphasis on literature, but also with the opportunity for creative writing, discussion and debate. You will be encouraged to improve your own powers of self-expression, to see what might lie beneath the seemingly innocent surface of words and to interrogate the way authors, journalists and all of us use language.

How is it assessed?
English Weighting Exam
Reading Passages 50% Exam
Coursework Portfolio 50% Three assignments, 500-800 words each
Speaking & Listening Separately endorsed Individual activity, Pair-based activity, Group activity
English Literature Weighting Format
Set Texts 75% Exam
Unseen prose & poetry 25% 1 hour 15 minutes
What do I need?

This is a demanding but rewarding course. To do well you must be willing to do plenty of reading and thinking outside of the lessons, and generally have a good record of writing successfully about literary texts – novels, poems and plays.

GCSE English / English Literature at the best 6th form college in London

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“The IGCSE English course which includes both English Language and English Literature has been one of my favourites at DLD this year. The coursework is interesting to discuss in class, which also makes assignments easier to enjoy. Through this course I have also been able to apply my knowledge to other subjects where writing is needed and this has been very helpful.”
Caroline Vain – Current DLD Student

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