IGCSE English Language

The English Language is a key asset if you're interested in any career that involves written and spoken communication and requires a comprehensive grasp of the English language.
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The English language can be used to inspire, motivate, and challenge us in countless different ways and is an essential part of the way we interpret and appreciate the world around us. If you’d like to enhance your ability to critically analyse and engage with a wide variety of texts and genres, then English Language IGCSE is the right choice.

A qualification in English Language opens the door to a career in numerous professions such as journalism, proofreading and more.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Persuasive Texts

    • Reading persuasive texts (Topic 01 Travel)
    • Persuasive writing (Topic 02 Environment)
    • Preparing to write
    • Developing a persuasive voice
    • Supporting your ideas
    • Proofreading
  2. Unit 2 - Descriptive Texts

    • Reading descriptive texts
    • Explicit and implicit understanding
    • Inferring attitudes
    • Descriptive writing
    • Creating atmosphere
    • Sequencing your description
    • Proofreading
  3. Unit 3 - Discursive Texts

    • Reading discursive texts
    • Recognising bias
    • Identifying fact and opinion
    • Analysing the writer’s methods
    • Understanding perspective
  4. Unit 4 - Narrative texts

    • Reading narrative texts
    • Defining a character
    • Identifying a voice
    • The importance of setting
    • Exploring structural techniques
    • Analysis of language techniques
    • Writing a journal
    • Structuring a narrative
    • Planning your story
    • Enhancing your vocabulary
  5. Unit 5 - Argument Texts

    • Degrees of formality
    • Counter argument
    • Revising persuasive features
    • The importance of anecdote
    • The structure of an argument
    • Writing an argument
    • Using the correct style
  6. Unit 6 - Comprehension 1

    • What is comprehension?
    • Explaining implicit meanings
    • Writing an informative speech
    • Genre transformation
    • Descriptive features
    • Sentence structures
    • Paragraphing and text organisation
    • Features of informative writing
  7. Unit 7 - Creative Writing Skills

    • Language features
    • Explaining imagery
    • Noun phrases
    • Paraphrasing
    • How to analyse non-fiction
  8. Unit 8 - Comprehension 2

    • Defining words and explaining connotations
    • Writing a formal report
    • Synthesis of information from two texts
    • Identifying relevant material
    • Revising commas
    • Linking paragraphs
  9. Unit 9 - Revision for Paper 1

    • Exam revision and tips
    • Exam Tips for Reading Paper 1 (Core)
  10. Unit 10 - Revision for Paper 2

    • Letter writing
    • Article writing

Awarding Body

Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) is the world’s largest provider of A-level courses and GCSE courses, qualifications and exams, delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries.

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Awarding Body

cambridge-assessment-caieCambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) is the world’s largest provider of A-level courses and GCSE courses, qualifications and exams, delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an IGCSE in English Language, issued by CAIE. This syllabus (0990) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You’ll be required to complete two IGCSE standard written exams.

  • Paper 1 – Reading: 2 hours, 80 marks, 50% of IGCSE.

    • This exam consists of structured and extended writing questions based on three reading texts.

  • Paper 2 – Writing: 2 hours, 80 marks, 50% of IGCSE.

    • This exam consists of extended writing questions and a composition task.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress. There is no coursework to complete.

Entry requirements

This Level Two IGCSE English language assumes a good command of both spoken and written English. The course will expect you to read and analyse a range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Therefore this course is not always suitable for those whose English is not their first language. If you’re unsure, get in touch and we can offer you some guidance.

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