Best English Literature Courses

Find the best online English Literature Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free English Literature Courses.

English Literature: Be as Informed as a Literature Graduate

The development of English Literature from its earliest texts to the present day

Created by Eve Williams MMus - Signed Singer and Songwriter, 10 years+ Teaching Experience


Students: 3845, Price: $109.99

Students: 3845, Price:  Paid

'If you look by the measure how personalized a course feels to a learner, no other course can match it. It does not give feel of an online course, it feels that you are being personally tutored by Eve. The course is a pretty detailed one and leaves you with intense desire to read all she has suggested in the videos.'

Suhrid Bhatnagar

'It was enjoyable, interesting and definitely widened my knowledge of the world of literature. Loved it.'


Do you want to discover the highlights of English literature and become well informed about some of the world's best known writers? Do you want to learn about the development of literature, language and ideas? Maybe you need to pass a citizenship test or college entrance exam. This course will give you a thorough grounding in English Literature.

If you have always wanted to be a literature buff but didn't know where to start, this course is for you. Maybe you are already knowledgeable about English Literature but would like to learn a little bit more about its history and the development of language and ideas. Maybe you are thinking of taking a college course in English Literature and want a taster to see if it is for you. You may need a knowledge of English language and literature to pass a citizenship test or gain access to a higher education institution. If so, this course is in depth enough to meet your needs.

This is an  in depth course in English Literature . Presented the way a literature degree at any respected university would be structured, it looks at every major era of English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern day, covering the major authors in each era. We also look at the development of the English Language, English history and the development of ideas from medieval heroicism to postmodernism. This is not just a collection of my personal favourite writers: it's very much based on the English literary cannon. We also look at American, Australian, Canadian and Irish literature in English. Along the way we'll cover works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Austen, Tennyson, the Brontes, Dickens, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling,  Williams Faulkner, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Beckett, Yeats, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Haddon... There's something here for everyone.

The reading list is pretty extensive but you can dip in and out of it and no prior knowledge of the texts is required.

With a degree in English Literature and a Master's in Old English from the respected Queen's University of Belfast as well as being a writer myself, I will be your guide on a literary odyssey which spans 13 centuries and more than 47 writers.

Join today to

  • Discover timeless stories and poetry you will love

  • Grow confidence in your knowledge of literature

  • Learn about the development of the English language

  • Understand cultural and ideological shifts found in English Literature

Udemy has a 30 day money back guarantee so you can enroll without risk. I'm looking forward to joining you on the course.


Complete Guide to English Literature

Created by Kalyani Vallath - Doctor


Students: 2109, Price: $159.99

Students: 2109, Price:  Paid

This course is primarily for those who want to succeed in UGC NTA NET/JRF (National Eligibility Test) and other national level exams. In this I have included all the important sectors of English Literature such as British Literature, Indian English Literature, Commonwealth Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory etc. I have also included an exclusive section on Cultural Studies. Enough reading materials and quizzes are provided that will certainly help diligent students pass the exams.


Get a UK GCSE QUALIFICATION, become a VALUABLE expert in English Language and Literature & learn public speaking skills!

Created by Barbara Njau - Enthusiastic Teacher With A Passion for Learning!


Students: 1272, Price: $89.99

Students: 1272, Price:  Paid

Are you a parent homeschooling your child and not sure how to go about teaching them English for their GCSEs? Alternatively your child may sadly have failed their GCSEs in English and need to resit? Perhaps you are a mature student who needs to sit your GCSEs to take your career to the next level? Whatever your needs, we've got you covered! The 'Ultimate AQA GCSE English Language and Literature Course' is a comprehensive course for students wishing to get TWO GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature as well as pass the Spoken Assessment Exams, which are all part of the AQA GCSE specification. Taught by Barbara Njau, who is an experienced and qualified English Teacher, you will gain all the knowledge you are seeking to pass the GCSE at a Level 9 - which is an A*!

English Literature: How are Archetypal Characters made?

Archetypal Literary Theory in Postmodernism and Symbolism

Created by Mohamed El-Sa'a - English Language and Literature Instructor


Students: 895, Price: $19.99

Students: 895, Price:  Paid

A writer, a reader or even a student; this course is essential as it teaches you how characters are made in literature and movies. With more than twenty examples, this course is oversimplified. How to create archetypal characters while writing your first novel or short story? How to analyze other works and rate or criticize them based on the characters portrayed within? All in this course.

How To Analyse Poetry – English Literature Short Course

Learn the 6 basics you need to analyse when studying poetry

Created by Nina Modak - Private Tutor specialising in English, History & RE


Students: 594, Price: $89.99

Students: 594, Price:  Paid

Ever been interested in poetry, but not really know how to start? Then you are in the right place.

What You Will Learn:

In this short course I will take you through the 6 things you need to notice when you are analysing poetry. We will go through what they are, how to notice them and how they impact the meaning of a poem. This course is now structured in 3 parts:

-- Part 1: 6 Basics of Poetry --

1. Form

2. Structure

3. Punctuation

4. Tone

5. Language

6. Meaning

-- Part 2: Analysis of "Ozymandias" --

  • How to identify language features

  • Noticing structure and form

  • Identify rhyme

  • How analyse how these technical features influence and shape meaning

-- Part 3: How to Structure a Poetry Analysis Essay --

  • How to organise all the information your've analysed

  • What to include in the introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion

  • How to use evidence effectively

  • How to quote poetry correctly

  • Examples and critiques of scholar's paragraphs

Since creating this course I have also added more tutorials to expand on the information originally published. I take you through in real time, how to apply the knowledge you have learned to a famous poem and then how you can start to develop your own interpretation of the poem.

The skills taught in this course can be applied to any poem both seen and unseen.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have thorough overview of technical features used by poets

  • An understanding of how to approach analysing poetry

  • Be able to notice technical features in a poem

  • be able to analyse how technical feature influence how meanings are shaped in a text

  • Be able to form your own opinion of a poem, and

  • Know how to structure a poetry analysis essay.


  • Real time analysis of "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley. We go through how to notice poetic structure, language, imagery, tone and more to understand meaning.

  • Full course on how to structure a poetry analysis essay (originally taught to my A-Level students)

Ultimate Edexcel IGCSE: English Language & Literature Course

Learn and analyse all the texts in the Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Anthology!

Created by Barbara Njau - Enthusiastic Teacher With A Passion for Learning!


Students: 285, Price: $89.99

Students: 285, Price:  Paid

Confused at the meaning behind the Non-fiction, Fiction and Poetry texts in the Edexcel IGCSE English Language and Literature Anthology? Is your class moving too rapidly through it or you need a deeper understanding and analysis of each text? Look no further - Barbara, an English Teacher is here to help! She has created a comprehensive 'Edexcel IGCSE English: Language & Literature Anthology' Course to look at all the texts and analyse them in depth - including word-level analysis!

What will this Course cover?

1) The English Language Edexcel Fiction and Non-Fiction Anthology

2) How To Answer English Language A: Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exams

3) How To Answer English Literature: Paper 1 and Paper 2 Exams

4) How To Write A Great Coursework For The English Language and Literature Paper 3 Assessments!

This course is for students who are either in school or are being homeschooled and they are seeking to achieve their top potential in the English Language and their English Literature exams! Moreover this course covers in depth how to interpret all the poems as well as prose texts in the anthology, it also highlights how to write about the non-fiction texts in the anthology as well as important literature and language techniques you should remember. Finally, you will learn how to tell the difference between language, structure and form when examining and analysing texts!

Write with the Great Writers: Literature & Creative Writing

Learn to Write from the Techniques of the Great Writers in English Literature

Created by Eve Williams MMus - Signed Singer and Songwriter, 10 years+ Teaching Experience


Students: 150, Price: $49.99

Students: 150, Price:  Paid

Do you love both reading and creative writing? Would you like to learn the techniques of some of the greatest writers in English literature, including Shakespeare, Tolkien, Kipling, Austen and J.K. Rowling? If you want to develop your creative writing technique whilst learning about English literature, this is the course for you.

In this course we will look at the work of some major writers and explore their writing techniques.

  • Learn how to write lyric poetry with William Wordsworth

  • Write an action poem with Sylvia Plath

  • Write a character poem with Lord Byron

  • Write drama with Shakespeare and Arthur Miller

  • Structure a novel like Dickens, Faulkner, Emily Bronte or Jane Austen

  • Write novel characters using insights from Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling

  • Write short stories with Rudyard Kipling and J.R.R. Tolkien

Also covered:

  • Creative writing exercises to stimulate your imagination

  • Publishing your work on Kindle

  • Selling printed copies of your work

As a professional lyricist, short story and memoir writer with two degrees in English Literature, I am hoping to help guide you through this course in a way which will help you to reflect on and adapt your writing. You can send me your work for feedback any time.

If you are excited to enter into the world of English literature as both a critical reader and a writer, enroll today. Udemy offers a 30 day money back guarantee so you can enroll without risk. I'm looking forward to joining you on the course!

Learn English Literature 2021

Learn the basics of English literature: poetry, novel and drama

Created by Ahmad Hassan Muhammad - English teacher


Students: 120, Price: $19.99

Students: 120, Price:  Paid

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity. It speaks the language of imagination. If you are interested in the field of English literature as a student, teacher, instructor or even a parent, this course will help you to understand the basics of English literature with its branches: poetry, novel and drama. You will be able to understand and analyse and kind of literary work in no time. You will also enjoy having the course files and some examples of real masterpieces in literature. I have been teaching literature for twelve years so far. It really makes my day whenever I think about the literary analysis of any novel, play or even a poem. Amazingly, the study of literature with all its branches has really changed the course of life. My thoughts began to be totally different especially after knowing how to analyze the events in depth. You feel like you become like a philosopher in consideration to all aspects of life around. It helps to improve your vision generally in life. Keep reading and you will be leading your future in an astonishing way. Just eye the course and you will never forget about. I promise that you will be eager to buy it. Hopefully, you can recommend the course to your friends.

Model Test Series on Cultural Studies

For students of English Literature

Created by Kalyani Vallath - Doctor


Students: 111, Price: $19.99

Students: 111, Price:  Paid

This Test series gives you exhaustive resources on literary and cultural theorists in the form of questions, answers and explanations to every answer. These Practice Tests aim to help advanced students of English literature to get a thorough understanding of the basics of Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. and to prepare for competitive examinations.

Ultimate ‘Love and Relationships’ Poetry Course!

Gain an English Literature GCSE and an AMAZING understanding of Poetry!

Created by Barbara Njau - Enthusiastic Teacher With A Passion for Learning!


Students: 83, Price: $19.99

Students: 83, Price:  Paid

Are you a parent homeschooling your child and not sure how to go about helping them when it comes to studying the 'Love and Relationships' Poetry Anthology? Alternatively your child may sadly have failed their GCSEs in English and need to resit and the thorn in your side has always been the fifteen poems in this anthology? Maybe you are currently studying the Anthology at school but you feel lost, unsure about what your teacher is saying and the pace at school may be too rapid?

Not to worry - we've got you covered! The Ultimate 'Love and Relationships' Poetry GCSE Course covers EVERYTHING you need to know and understand when it comes to learning this Anthology, understanding its key themes as well each of the poems' poets. Barbara, your teacher, will also examine literature techniques related to each poem as well as how you can compare and analyse each poem for your exams.

Appreciating English Literature

Learning about great works of prose, poetry and drama

Created by Paul Rogers - Education Consultant, International Teacher Trainer


Students: 71, Price: $19.99

Students: 71, Price:  Paid

This course is aimed at people who want to know more about great works of literature. It is likely to appeal to both students and teachers, as well as being of interest to anyone wishing to extend their literary knowledge and horizons. We start with Beowulf - the first know example of creative writing in England and proceed to look at the work of Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Romantic Poets and finish with an overview of the English Novel.

Ultimate ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ English Literature Course!

Gain a VALUABLE UK GCSE Qualification and become an expert in Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'!

Created by Barbara Njau - Enthusiastic Teacher With A Passion for Learning!


Students: 68, Price: $19.99

Students: 68, Price:  Paid

Are you a parent homeschooling your child and not sure how to go about helping them when it comes to studying Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'? Alternatively your child may sadly have failed their GCSEs in English and need to resit and the thorn in your side has always been this novella ? Maybe you are a student who is currently studying 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' at school but you feel lost, unsure about what your teacher is saying and the pace at school may be too rapid?

Not to worry - we've got you covered! The 'Ultimate 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' English GCSE Course covers EVERYTHING you need to know and understand when it comes to learning this novella, understanding its key themes as well the main characters and symbols when it comes to the novella. Barbara, your teacher, will also examine context related to the Victorian Era and she will show you what it takes to write a top Level 9 model answer for the play - either for your coursework or exams!

American Literature: The Gothic and Edgar Allan Poe

A course on English and American literature: the Gothic, the fantastic and the horror in the short stories of E. A. Poe.

Created by Bokos Borbala - Teacher


Students: 47, Price: $24.99

Students: 47, Price:  Paid

In this course I will try to offer a glimpse into the most common Gothic and uncanny motifs that occur in the works of Edgar Allan Poe. I the introductory part I intend to discuss examples of both English and American literature, while in the second part of the course emphasis will fall on specific examples/texts by E. A. Poe. This course is more than just literary analysis: we will try to look at the ways the elements of the gothic generate fear and horror, as well as a sense of anxiety. Such elements include, of course, monsters, ghost, doppelgangers, ladies buried alive, mad protagonists, repetition of places, characters and objects, as well as labyrinth like settings, claustrophobic gothic mansions. I will look at how, by what means such elements reflect on characters/narrators and how they create suspense in the most unexpected ways.

Each lesson discusses a story/poem written by Poe and attempts to offer a unique interpretation of these literary texts. How do Poe’s stories master the elements of horror? How do such texts create suspense? To answer these questions we will try to make use of Sigmund Freud’s concept of “the uncanny” as well as Tzvetan Todorov’s concept of “the fantastic.”

Crush the AP English Literature Exam with Lit Term Analysis

Learn the Four-Step Framework that makes reading easier, writing better and earning English college credit a breeze.

Created by Amanda Sweeney - Oxford Graduate, Former AP Teacher


Students: 19, Price: $24.99

Students: 19, Price:  Paid

If there’s one thing you need to know to earn a high score on the AP English Literature Exam, it’s literary term analysis. This is because literary term analysis is part of all sections of the Exam—especially the Free Response Essays.

This course features the Four-Step Framework, a concrete, four-step process that—when used—gets students a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam. Taught by a former AP English teacher who attended Wesleyan University, the University of Chicago and Oxford University, this course features literary terms commonly seen on the AP Exam and shows how to stop writing plot summary and how to start writing high-quality analysis.

In addition to the short, high-impact lectures, this course includes:

  • Comprehensive supplemental resources for the literary time periods most used in the AP Exam (downloadable in the Lecture 1 "Resources" folder)

  • Strategies on how to read poems resourcefully so you can answer poetry-related questions and essay prompts easily

  • Two Reading Roadmaps for the top novels used on the Free Response Open-Ended Essay (downloadable in the Lecture 1 "Resources" folder)

  • A complete list of 100+ literary terms, along with their definitions (downloadable in the Lecture 1 "Resources" folder)

  • In-depth literary analysis examples for the most commonly used literary terms in the AP Exam

GCSE English Language and Literature Revision Course 2021

An on-demand revision course with bitesize lessons, exam tips and practical examples explained by a qualified teacher

Created by GCSE Tutor Maths | English | French - Super-Effective GCSE Maths, English & French Courses Online


Students: 6, Price: $49.99

Students: 6, Price:  Paid

Are you looking for an online GCSE English course to support your revision and help you prepare for exam success?

About our 2021 English Language and Literature course

In each comprehensive lesson we cover a high scoring exam/assessment subject, break it down into bitesize, easy to follow explanations with examples and practical exam application. We help your understanding by taking this one step further and walking through example texts and related exercises.

Not taking GCSE exams this year? Impress in your teacher graded assessment by showing a great understanding and breadth of knowledge about English Language and Literature.

In these revision sessions we'll work through key lessons from all of the Assessment Objectives (AOs) 1 - 6 in Language and 1- 4 in Literature. 

The lessons are developed and presented by an experienced and qualified English Teacher.

What's included

This high value course includes :

  • Over 4 hours of GCSE English revision lessons

  • Subject explanations

  • Downloadable resources

  • Quizzes

  • Exam tips

Plus I have included lots of examples and explanations so you can easily follow and understand the lessons.

The benefit that you will receive from this course

Students who have studied with us say they; are more confident keeping up and contributing in class, have a better understanding of the curriculum and feel more prepared for their exams.

Students benefit from the following by watching and taking part in our course, you can too.

The course is designed to:   

  • Teach you exam tips, so you know where to focus your study

  • Give you the techniques and tools to understand your core literature text

  • Provide you with a better understanding of reading syllabus requirements

  • Walk you through sample answer

  • Answer students commonly asked questions

In addition to the hours of video content that you have unlimited access to, I have created downloadable materials and quizzes, so you can follow along and test your new skills after each lesson.

Your English Teacher

"I have been teaching GCSE students for over twenty years and have used all of this experience to develop this English course."

"I am very excited about helping you prepare to pass your GCSE exams and hope you are ready to start learning and growing in confidence with me. I have lots of practical tips, technics and valuable knowledge to master your English GCSE."


Benefits of the on-demand video format

You can use this course in the way that suites you. Build your knowledge and understanding step by step or jump directly into particular modules to hone your skills.... You can also review lessons as many times as you like to ensure you’ve understood each learning outcome.

Video is a great format for GCSE students, who need to squeeze a lot of revision into very little time. You can access our course content on-the-go, online or via an app, so literally anywhere and on any device – it’s just like having a tutor in your pocket!

By simply watching along at home you will be building your confidence, understanding and knowledge of English specifically for this year’s GCSE syllabus. We breakdown important high scoring concepts and exam winning skills into bitesize, easy to understand lessons.

Don't miss out, get started on you path to GCSE success!

Take a look at our full course content, you'll be able to take review some free sample videos and decide for yourself if revising with us, alongside your classroom learning, will improve your chances of passing your exams.