The IGCSE English Language course will make sure you have a sound grasp of both written and spoken English. Employers expect and need their employees to be able to communicate effectively, and when you study English for the IGCSE English Language qualification you will learn the principles of English grammar and other aspects of the language which show you can be relied upon to handle business communications, both verbally and in writing. The IGCSE English course is a must no matter what your chosen career.

Course Overview

In the IGCSE English course you'll take your knowledge of the English language back to the basics and learn the rules of grammar and the intricacies of punctuation.

You will also learn to write concisely and with clarity and will apply this knowledge to a number of practical writing tasks, such as report and letter writing. This will allow you to increase your command of English and to express yourself more confidently.

The study of English is about more than business, and to broaden your skills and confidence you will also study a variety of texts as part of the IGCSE English course, analysing content and writing style. You'll also work on developing your own style through a number of creative writing exercises.

What you will learn in the IGCSE English Language course will have a long-lasting effect on your career. No matter what the profession, job and promotion opportunities will always favour those who can speak clearly and fluently and express their thoughts clearly and convincingly in writing. Your English study will be an asset throughout your life, no matter what career you enter.

Course Content

This course prepares students for the Edexcel IGCSE English Language B syllabus 4EB0 for examinations in June 2013, and later years. For examination details see Assessment under our Course Overview section.

Key topics studied throughout this course include:

Basic English

  • 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.
  • Key topics within this section include Different Kinds of Language, Nouns, Pronouns and Verbs, Punctuation, Paragraphs, Spelling and Vocabulary.

Reading Comprehension
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Key topics studied include Personal/Expressive Writing, Transactional or Functional Writing and Personal/Abstract Writing.

Payment Option
  • You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.
  • Standard Course Fee: £500/month for a combination of 5 courses that includes English Language.
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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.
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Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our IGCSE English Language course. Every possible effort has been made to make this type of education as accessible as possible.


The format is as follows:

Internal Assessment

This will be in the form of on campus tests under the supervision of the tutor. They will be conducted as you progress through the course and will be designed to test knowledge of the material taught.

  • The IGCSE English Language exam consists of one three-hour examination paper which is set and marked by Edexcel
  • The exam paper (4EB0/01) contains three sections: A, B and C
  • 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.
  • The total number of marks available is 100.

No coursework is required as part of the assessment for this course. It is 100% exam based

Assessment Dates

Examinations will be held every June.

Study/Support Period

Period for study/support is 12 months. During this time, you will have full access to data and information relevant to your course. However, you will have to be on campus to access on line data.

Future Prospects

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.