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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE

English Language IGCSE

Course Outline (EDX)

What is IGCSE English Language?
English Language

IGCSE English Language is a course that is designed to strengthen and develop your reading and writing skills. It explores a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which you will analyse and interpret in detail. You will also spend time learning how to write effectively for different audiences and purposes. The IGCSE English syllabus is both practical and interesting, giving you a chance to develop your English communication skills through a series of fun and stimulating exercises.

Examination structure
Paper 1: Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing
2 hours 15 mins
60% of IGCSE

Section A - Reading: a mixture of short- and long-answer questions on one previously unseen passage and one passage from the Edexcel Anthology (you will study the anthology in class before the exam). (45 marks)

Section B - Transactional Writing: one writing task involving a given audience, form and purpose. (45 marks)

Coursework: Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing
Internal assessment
40% of IGCSE

Essay 1: one analytical essay based on class reading from the Edexcel Anthology

Essay 2: one piece of imaginative writing

ENGLISH LANGUAGE (EDX) IGCSE Specification Summary

Method of Assessment



Unit 1

Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing

2 hours 15 mins

60% of IGCSE

Unit 2

Coursework: Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing

Autumn & Spring Term

40% of IGCSE

Internally assessed work is carried out under exam conditions; however it is based on preparatory practical work done in the normal classroom setting. The exam is offered in May/June.

Structure of the Course
An IGCSE English Language result of C or above is a requirement for university entry. The course is often offered as a one-year course, the length of the study depending on the needs and development of the student concerned. The Edexcel IGCSE English Language course is taught in 3x 1 hour lessons per week.

Introductory Reading

Reading poetry or prose by any of the authors studied in the course will give you a head start. These may include:

  • Wilfred Owen
  • Marsha Douglas
  • Robert Frost
  • Charlotte Grey
  • WH Auden
  • Adewale Maja Pearce

Challenges of the Course
You will be required to think in a lot of depth about the texts that we study and to work hard on your written expression in order to meet the needs of the course. You will also be expected to read as widely as possible outside the classroom.