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The IGCSE English Language online course will make sure you have a sound grasp of both written and spoken English.

You'll first take your knowledge of the English language back to basics and learn about the rules of grammar and the intricacies of punctuation.

Then, you'll learn about how to analyse the structure and skill of an argument, and how to write persuasively and objectively. 

You'll write in a variety of styles and for a variety of purposes. For example, you'll learn to write in the style of a newspaper report, a diary entry, and a formal letter.

You'll finish the course by applying all the skills you've learned to an original piece of writing.

The knowledge you'll gain on the IGCSE English Language course will have a long-lasting effect on your career. No matter what the profession, job and promotion opportunities favour those who can speak clearly and fluently and express their thoughts convincingly in writing.

This qualification will demonstrate that you can be relied upon to handle both written and verbal business communications, making it an invaluable asset in whatever you do.

What are IGCSEs?

IGCSEs are International GCSEs – they’re equivalent to regular GCSEs and are offered in many independent and private schools in the UK. We teach them because they’re assessed mainly through exams, not coursework, so they’re more suited to online learning.

This course will prepare you for the Edexcel IGCSE English Language B (syllabus 4EB0) exams that take place in June every year. For exam details see the 'Assessment' section.

Key topics studied throughout this course include:

Basic English

  1. The first section of the course covers the basic English skills that you'll need to complete the rest of the course successfully. There are no specific questions on spelling and punctuation in the examination, but you'll be expected to punctuate and spell correctly, as well as write good, grammatical English.
  2. Key topics within this section include Different Kinds of Language, Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs, Punctuation, Paragraphs, Spelling and Vocabulary.

Reading Comprehension

  1. In the exam you'll be asked questions to assess your understanding and response to a variety of texts. This section of the course will teach you how to select information from this material and present it in short paragraphs or in sets of statements.
  2. Key topics within this section include Reading Skills, Assessing the Structure and Skill of an Argument, Presenting Arguments Objectively and Analysis of Arguments.

Writing to Specific Guidelines

  1. This section of the course will teach you how to write according to clear guidelines: for example, to write a letter, a report or a newspaper article.
  2. Key topics studied within this section include Transactional Writing, covering Formal and Informal Letters; Writing a Report; Article and Diary Entry; Writing Arguments, and Writing to Persuade.

Extended Writing

  1. In the final section of the course you'lll pull together all the skills and techniques you've studied throughout the course and apply them to produce an original piece of writing.
  2. Key topics studied include Personal/Expressive Writing, Transactional or Functional Writing and Personal/Abstract Writing.

GCSE English Language is suitable for you if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the perfect foundation if you're thinking about studying English Language or related subjects at A Level, college or university.

If you're thinking of a career in writing, journalism or media, English Language will be an obvious choice. However, the study of English is valuable to a variety of careers. English is the primary language of business, and communication is a fundamental part of most roles. This means a firm grasp of the subtleties and nuances of the English language is invaluable to many employers.

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE English Language course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. 

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

An IGCSE in English can be the first step towards A Level, college or university study of English Language, English Literature, and many other subjects.

The study of English is vital to a variety of fields, such as:

  1. Journalism
  2. Writing
  3. Editorship
  4. Teaching
  5. Translating
  6. Linguistics
  7. Publishing
  8. Media

It will also benefit a wide variety of jobs that require persuasive and eloquent communication. As English is the predominant language used in international trade, comprehensive English language skills are essential to many business roles.

You'll find your IGCSE English Language will also demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

If you're aiming to attend university, you'll likely continue your study with A Levels. If you have a specific course in mind, you should contact the institution directly to find out their entry requirements.

You could also do an apprenticeship, or take a vocational course related to a specific job or sector such as an NVQ or BTEC.


We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

You're not required to purchase any additional textbooks but suggested reading is included in the Course and Assessment Guide that accompanies the course.

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

Practice Tests

You'll submit ten test papers to your tutor throughout the course. They won't count towards your final grade - they're designed to test your knowledge of the material studied and let your tutor keep track of your progress. Your tutor will give you detailed feedback so you know exactly how you're doing.


The IGCSE English Language exam consists of one three-hour examination paper which is set and marked by Edexcel. Exams take place in January and June every year.

The exam paper (4EB0/01) contains three sections: A, B and C. You'll be provided with source material in the form of an extracts booklet which is distributed at the same time as the examination paper. The total number of marks available is 100.

Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and you'll arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate at a local school or college. The school or college will charge a fee for this.

Find out more about arranging your exams here.

Exam fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to the exam centre. The cost will vary depending on the centre you choose, with private schools and colleges being more expensive than state schools. 

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors. We're happy to help!

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