English Language IGCSE

Our course code: X803

Course fee: £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

The English language can be used to inspire, motivate, and challenge us in countless different ways. Language is an essential part of the way we interpret and appreciate the world around us! This IGCSE English Language course will enhance your ability to read, engage with and analyse texts of many different forms. We’ll engage you in critical thinking about the different effects and influences writers have on their readers in texts of the 20th and 21st centuries. You’ll also be able to confidently write clearly and concisely in a range of styles and text types, such as letters, reports, and interviews.

This course has been designed to provide learners with an appropriate challenge whilst ensuring that the assessment and texts are, as far as possible, accessible to all students. An English Language IGCSE qualification is useful for almost any career field because written and spoken communication is crucial for human connection and understanding. IGCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers.

This home study course follows the new CAIE IGCSE English Language syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast Track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

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.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: CAIE
  • Our course code: X803
  • Qualification code: 0990

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Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, e-books, and online quizzes.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 27/09/20. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts.

You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.


All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2022. If you wish to fast track your learning, please do contact us.

You’ll be required to complete two GCSE 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 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 towards 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.

Course Outcomes

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

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - GCSE 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 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Therefore this course is not always suitable for those for whom English is not their first language. If you're unsure, get in touch and we can offer you some guidance.

Course Content

1: Reading

This module aims to develop your reading, analytical, and critical thinking skills as you engage with a range of genres and texts from the twentieth and/or twenty-first century. You’ll be reading literature, fiction and non-fiction, and other forms of writing, such as discursive essays, reviews, and articles.

You’ll focus on writers’ use of language and style, with emphasis on the ways in which writers achieve different effects and influence readers. You’ll also study how influence may include facts, ideas, perspectives, opinions, and bias.

2: Writing

This section will introduce you to a range of writing skills to develop your ability as a writer. You’ll learn to confidently compose texts with a variety of forms and purposes, e.g. descriptive, narrative, discursive, argumentative, and persuasive. Your study will also include a focus on the following text types: letter, report, article, journal, speech, interview, and summary.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details. While there are no essential set texts. You might like to refer to the following recommended books for additional reading: (1) AQA GCSE English Language: Developing the Skills for Learning and Assessment, H Blackhouse and B Emm, Oxford 2015. (2) AQA GCSE English Language: Assessment Preparation for Paper 1 and Paper 2, J Branson and P Ellison, Oxford 2015. (3) Oxford A-Z of Better Spelling, C Buxton, Oxford 2013. (4) Oxford A-Z of Grammar and Punctuation, J Seely, Oxford 2013

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.