The English Language IGCSE Course concentrates on language skills and students will learn to understand and respond to what they read and experience. Students are encouraged to use relevant vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and to demonstrate a sense of style and an awareness of audience.

Through reading, students will learn to understand and collate meanings, summarise, paraphrase, and understand how writers achieve effects. Through writing students will learn to articulate their own experience; express thought, feelings and imagined ideas clearly; order and present facts, ideas and opinions; understand and use vocabulary and register appropriate to audience and context; use grammatical structures, paragraphs, sentences, punctuation and spelling accurately and effectively. The syllabus also promotes students' personal development, and helps them explore wider areas of human concern.

The home study courses consist of 5 modules and 23 lessons in total and has 10 Tutor Marked Assessments (including 2 practice examinations).

The course consists of the following 5 modules:

  • Non-Fiction Anthology Reading
  • Non-Fiction Anthology Comparing Non-Fiction and Unseen Texts
  • Transactional Writing
  • Poetry and Prose Anthology Texts
  • Imaginitive Writing

The Syllabus:

The English Language IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in English (4EA1) Specification A for examinations in May/June 2020 or later years. Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1 - Non-Fiction Texts and Transactional Writing (2 hours 15 minutes) is 60% of the total marks.
  • Paper 2 - Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) is 40% of the total marks.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.

Additional Reading:

You will need to download a copy of the Anthology from the Edexcel website which covers the following texts:

Paper 1:

  • From The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • From A Passage to Africa, George Alagiah
  • From The Explorer’s Daughter, Kari Herbert
  • Explorers or boys messing about? Either way, taxpayer gets rescue bill, Steven Morris
  • From Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston
  • Young and dyslexic? You’ve got it going on, Benjamin Zephaniah
  • From A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat, Emma Levine
  • From Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, Jamie Zeppa
  • From H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
  • From Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah

Paper 2:

  • Disabled’, Wilfred Owen
  • ‘Out, Out−’, Robert Frost
  • ‘An Unknown Girl’, Moniza Alvi
  • ‘The Bright Lights of Sarajevo’, Tony Harrison
  • ‘Still I Rise’, Maya Angelou
  • ‘The Story of an Hour’, Kate Chopin
  • ‘The Necklace’, Guy de Maupassant
  • ‘Significant Cigarettes’ (from The Road Home), Rose Tremain
  • ‘Whistle and I’ll Come to You’ (from The Woman in Black), Susan Hill
  • ‘Night’, Alice Munro

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel .

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

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