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 6 modules and 22 lessons in total and has 10 Tutor Marked Assessments (including 2 practice examinations).

Part 1 - Language Skills:

  • Personal Experience
  • Poetry and Prose
  • Essay Technique
  • Reading and Response
  • Content and Form

Part 2 - Anthology Texts:

  • Anthology Texts

The Syllabus:

The English Language IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in English (4EA0) Specification A for examinations in May/June 2017 or January 2018.

A new specification (Edexcel 4EA1) will be available for first examinations in May/June 2018. The new specification will have a different grading system to previous years. The grading system for the new IGCSE specifications will be Graded 1 to 9 with 9 being the highest grade.


Assessment is by two written examinations:

  • Paper 1: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.


No coursework is required.

Additional Reading:

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

  • "Touching the Void" - Joe Simpson
  • "Your Guide to Beach Safety" - RNLI leaflet
  • "Climate Change: The Facts" - (adapted from an article by Kate Ravilious in The Guardian Science Course)
  • From "A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat" - Emma Levine
  • From "A Passage to Africa" - George Alagiah
  • From "The Explorer's Daughter" - Kari Herbert
  • "Explorers, or Boys Messing About" - Steven Morris (The Guardian)
  • "Taking on the World" - Ellen MacArthur
  • "Chinese Cinderella" - Adeline Yen Mah

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they need to keep in regular contact. The essential relationship between student and tutor begins with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan.

All tutors are fully qualified teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. So when you enrol on a home study course you can be assured of the assistance of a professionally qualified subject specific tutor.

We don't set a 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 consolidate the learning he or she has done and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a local rate telephone number such as a 0845 number. This means that when you phone your tutor it will only cost you the price of a local call. 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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