First language English IGCSE

First language English IGCSE

First language English IGCSE

Course outline:

The IGCSE is an international version of the traditional GCSE and is widely recognised by universities and employers. This course is suitable for students who wish to gain a C grade or above, which is the requirement for entry to most university courses.

Course Structure

Written Coursework (40% of assessment)
• 500 – 800 word informative, analytical and/or argumentative writing, e.g. editorial
• 500 – 800 word imaginative, descriptive and/or narrative writing, e.g. short story
• 500 – 800 word analysis of a non-fiction text, e.g. an essay on a magazine article

Spoken and Listening Exam
A presentation in front of the teacher/examiner followed by questions based on your presentation. 10 minutes in total.

Examination (40% of assessment)
• 2 hour examination
• Three questions testing understanding of purposes, techniques, meanings, and implications in two written texts.

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board

    Cambridge International Examinations

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    One year

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    If your main programme of study is a level 3, but you haven’t got a grade C for GCSE English Language

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    Possible combinations:

    With any level 3 programme

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    Reading corner

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    Skills developed:

    • Writing for specific audiences and purposes
    • Close reading and analysis
    • Spoken communication skills – group discussions and presentation

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    Assessment summary:

    Assessed by a mixture of external examinations and coursework

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