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IGCSE English First Language Course

This IGCSE English First Language course is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE First Language English learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

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Course Description

This IGCSE English First Language Course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

This course is only suitable for students whose native language is English and not for students whose mother tongue is another language.

As well as preparing you for the examinations, there is guidance on many of the basics of English Language including:

  • Common errors
  • Punctuation rules and conventions
  • Spelling
  • Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs
  • Sentence structure
  • Paragraphing
  • Presentation of essays

For Both the Cambridge and Edexcel Exams you will not be required to complete coursework. We will be preparing you only for the examination options. These written papers are all you need to gain a IGCSE. No coursework is required.

Support

The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Differences between Cambridge and Edexcel Exam boards.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

Fees

Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam

Cambridge

Cambridge Course Code(s):

IGCSE English First Language (9-1): 0990

IGCSE English first Language: 0500

(Please note, there is no difference in the course teachings for the two specifications, there only difference is the grade you will receive once you have taken the exams. 0990 is graded 9-1, 9 being the highest while 0500 is graded A* to G, A* being the highest.)

Cambridge Exams: June & November

Cambridge Study Hours: 130 Hours


This IGCSE English First Language Course is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge IGCSE First Language English students develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. You will learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Cambridge Modules

Reading

  • Demonstrate understanding of written texts, and of the words and phrases within them.
  • Summarise and use material for a specific context.
  • Develop, analyse and evaluate facts, ideas and opinions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve their effects and influence readers.
  • Select appropriate information for specific purposes.
  • Recognise and respond to linguistic devices, figurative language and imagery.

In developing reading skills, candidates should engage with a range of genres and text types from the twentieth and/or twenty-first centuries, including literature, fiction and non-fiction, and other forms of writing, such as discursive essays, reviews and articles. This study should include focus on writers’ use of language and style and the ways in which writers achieve effects and influence readers. Candidates should study how influence may include fact, ideas, perspectives, opinions and bias.

Writing

  • Express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • Organise and convey facts, ideas and opinions effectively
  • Demonstrate a varied vocabulary appropriate to the context
  • Demonstrate an effective use of sentence structures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of audience, purpose and form
  • Demonstrate accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

As developing writers themselves, candidates should be introduced to a range of writing skills, including the ability to create and compose texts with a variety of forms and purposes, e.g. descriptive, narrative, discursive, argumentative and persuasive. This study should include focus on the following text types: letter, report, article, journal, speech, interview and summary.

Writing

  • Express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • Organise and convey facts, ideas and opinions effectively
  • Demonstrate a varied vocabulary appropriate to the context
  • Demonstrate an effective use of sentence structures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of audience, purpose and form
  • Demonstrate accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar.

As developing writers themselves, candidates should be introduced to a range of writing skills, including the ability to create and compose texts with a variety of forms and purposes, e.g. descriptive, narrative, discursive, argumentative and persuasive. This study should include focus on the following text types: letter, report, article, journal, speech, interview and summary.

Exam Papers:

Paper 1: Reading

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Structured and extended writing questions. Questions will be based on three reading texts.

80 marks

50% of grade

Paper 2:  Directed Writing and Composition

Written examination: 2 hours

Availability: June and October

Assessment overview: Extended writing question and a composition task

80 marks

50% of grade

Edexcel

Edexcel Course Code(s): 4EA1

Edexcel Exams:  January and June

Edexcel Study Hours: 130 Hours


This IGCSE English Language Edexcel Course will enable you to read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding. You will also learn to read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve your own writing.

You will learn how to write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately. Also this course will enable you to use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately. For this specification, grades 9-1 are available.

Edexcel Modules

Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing

  • The contemporary non-fiction texts from Part 1 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology.
  • Develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
  • Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives.
  • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing

  • The poetry and prose texts from Part 2 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology.
  • Develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
  • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Non-fiction Texts and transactional Writing

Written examination: 2 hour 15 minutes

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview: Section A: Reading – a mixture of short- and long-answer questions related to a non- fiction text from Part 1 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology and one previously unseen extract.

Section B: Transactional Writing – one 45-mark writing task, from a choice of two involving a given audience, form or purpose.

90 marks

60% of the total international GCSE

Paper 2: Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative writing.

Practical examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Availability: June only

Assessment overview: consisting of four compulsory questions, each worth

20 marks. The sub questions are a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, data response and open-ended questions.

60 marks

50% of the total International GCSE

Q&A

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will be asked to fill in an enrolment form. On the form it will ask when you wish to complete by, so we can ensure you are supported right up to when you take your exams.

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

All of our IGCSEs are available world wide. Meaning you can study with us from anywhere.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help finding a centre, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 130 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

With online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs are international qualifications. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSEs can be taken worldwide including the United Kingdom. Both exam boards offer a similar specification however different courses can have a different structure. Both the Cambridge and Edexcel courses are full International GCSE qualifications.

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. IGCSE qualifications are recognised by universities employers, colleges and sixth form colleges, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your IGCSEs in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, transcripts, certificate of graduation, and references for further education applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade. 

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