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Guided Learning Hours : 120 - 140

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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 will take your knowledge of the English language back to basics and learn about the rules of grammar and the intricacies of punctuation.

The knowledge you will gain in the IGCSE English Language online 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. The IGCSE English Language qualification will demonstrate that you can be relied upon to handle both written and verbal business communications, making it an invaluable asset throughout your career.

This course prepares students for the Edexcel IGCSE English Language B syllabus 4EB0 for examinations in June 2015, and later years. For examination details see Assessment under our Course Overview section.

Key topics studied throughout this course include:

Basic English

  1. This section of the course covers the basic English skills that you will need in order to complete the rest of the course successfully. There are no specific questions on spelling and punctuation in the examination, but you will 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 examination you will 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 will pull together all the skills and techniques you have 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.

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. 

An IGCSE in English will give you vital skills that can lead onto A Level and further studies in English, eventually leading to a career in one of its associated fields. If you want to enter or progress in employment, you'll find your IGCSE English Language will 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.

This course will prepare you to sit the Edexcel IGCSE English Language exams.

The format is as follows:

ICS Learn Test Papers

You will be required to submit ten test papers to your ICS course tutor throughout the study of this course. These test papers are designed to test your knowledge of the material studied and also to allow your tutor to give you feedback on your learning.


  1. The IGCSE English Language exam consists of one three-hour examination paper which is set and marked by Edexcel
  2. The exam paper (4EB0/01) contains three sections: A, B and C
  3. You will be provided with source material in the form of an extracts booklet which is distributed at the same time as the examination paper.
  4. The total number of marks available is 100.


  1. As part of the IGCSE Exam you are not required to complete any coursework element as part of this course. Assessment of this course is entirely via exams. 

Assessment Dates

  1. Examinations will be held every January and June.

Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.

Because we're experts in online learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll gain access to our study materials via our online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field.   You'll also have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

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

Through the Student Community, you will have access to library materials and your account information; you will also have the chance to connect with fellow students, ask questions and discuss your work.

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

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Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

Find out more information about arranging your examinations.

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