GCSE English Language Course
What board do we do? Edexcel (4EA0)
What is IGCSE English as a First Language?
The Edexcel IGCSE English Language qualification enables students to develop their understanding of the spoken word, the ability to read, understand and respond to material from a variety of sources, and to recognise and appreciate themes and attitudes and the ways in which writers achieve their effects. Development of the ability to construct and convey meaning in written language, matching style to audience and purpose is also a key aspect. The students study 20 different texts as well as get extensive essay writing practice. This is then further supported by the encouragement of more creative tasks such as letter writing, speeches, stories and articles.
Which subjects combine well with English as a First Language?
English Literature, History
What careers and university courses can English lead to?
English language at GCSE level is a compulsory qualification for all students wishing to pursue further education. It provides them with the very basics on which to build literary skills required in almost every subject.
Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language
Assessment is divided into two exams testing students’ abilities to comprehend, analyse, respond and create.
Paper 1 (2hours 15mins) 70%
Section A (20marks) – Unseen Passage - 3 x comprehension questions (8marks)
1 x essay question (12marks)
Section B (20 marks) – (i) An essay on a set text. (10marks)
(ii) A creative response influenced by the set text (10marks)
Section C (20marks) – A creative piece – Inform/Explain/Describe
60 marks in total
Paper 2 (1hour 30mins) 30%
Section A (15marks) – An essay on a set text
Section B (15marks) – A choice of three creative writing tasks
30 marks in total