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This syllabus is available only to Centers participating in the NCEE Excellence for All initiative in the USA.
The syllabus enables learners to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. Learners develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, they learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting learners' better understanding of themselves and of the world around them.
We are withdrawing Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) (US) (0427) from the November exam series. The last November exam series will be in 2023. From 2024, we will only offer this syllabus in the June exam series. We communicated this series withdrawal decision to schools in June 2021.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
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We revise qualifications regularly to make sure they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world. We have made some changes to Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) 0427 for examination in 2020 and 2021.
We have made changes to Component 3–Coursework Portfolio. The number of words for the upper limit is changed to 1200 words. Candidates continue to submit a portfolio of two assignments (each assignment should be 600–1200 words).
These changes are for examination in June and November 2020 and 2021. For full details, please refer to the 2020-2021 syllabus above, including the ‘Changes to this syllabus’ section, as well as the new specimen paper.