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International GCSE English Language

Level: IGCSE Examination board: Edexcel Specification: 4EA1

IGCSE course outline

The majority of LVS pupils will follow two IGCSE courses in English Language and English Literature. A small number of pupils will study English Language only. EAL pupils arriving in Year 10 may take the Cambridge IGCSE English Language as a second language.

Assessment method

Assessment is by examination and coursework (marked by LVS teachers and moderated by Edexcel).

English Language

There is a 60% written examination paper (Paper 1) and 40% coursework (Paper 3).

Paper 1 – 60% : Non-fiction texts and Transactional Writing

(2 hours 15 minutes examination).

Section A: Reading

A mixture of short and long answer questions related to a non-fiction text from Part 1 of the Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology and one previously unseen extract – 45 marks.

Section B: Transactional Writing

One 45-mark writing task, from a choice of two involving a given audience, form or purpose.

Paper 3 – 40%: Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing (coursework).

Assignment A:

One 30-mark essay question based on any two poetry or prose texts from Part 2 of the Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology, including a 6-mark commentary on why these texts were selected.

Assignment B:

Imaginative writing – one 30-mark imaginative writing task.

Post 16 opportunities and careers

English language is an essential qualification for progression onto A Level and many other Level 3 courses. It is also frequently required for university entry in the UK.

This helped me understand the meaning of spoken English and developed my reading skills. It also helped me with all my other subjects as I learned how to interpret and respond to questions. Sophia

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mr Jamie Gardner

Email: Jamie.Gardner@lvs.ascot.sch.uk