International GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Literature

Using a range of texts catered for various needs and tastes, this international GCSE qualification takes a skills-based approach to the study of English literature that is consistent across the genres.

The qualification features a focus on independent research and learning, including the development of study skills, providing an invaluable preparation for higher level study.

The alternative Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) option to part of Paper 2 gives teachers freedom of choice in texts, allowing them to choose those best suited to the interests and needs of their students.

This qualification is available for teaching now in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.



Unit 1: Prose and drama

Unit 2a: Poetry and unseen texts


Unit 1: Prose and drama

Unit 2b: Poetry

Unit 3: Non-exam assessment


  • Linear specification; individual components may not be re-sat.
  • Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

Text list

Unit 1, Prose - choose one of the following:

  • Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
  • Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Purple Hibiscus
  • Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
  • Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
  • Oxford AQA Exams Short Stories Anthology

Unit 1, Drama - choose one of the following:

  • William Shakespeare - Julius Caesar
  • William Shakespeare - Macbeth
  • J B Priestley - An Inspector Calls
  • Arthur Miller - The Crucible
  • Lorraine Hansberry - A Raisin in the Sun

Unit 2, Poetry:

Students will study the Oxford AQA Exams Poetry Anthology People and Places.

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Teacher Guidance Document

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Scheme of Work

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See the text lists in our People and Places Poetry anthology and our Short Stories anthology. Email to receive full anthologies (available to approved centres only).

Specimen Papers and Mark Schemes

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