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IGCSE English Distance Learning Course

The International GCSE English Distance Learning Course

We have chosen Edexcel’s English Language A specification (4EA0) as it is the most suited to distance learning.

The emphasis in this course is on language skills. Students are encouraged to use relevant vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and to demonstrate a sense of style and an awareness of audience in their use of language.

Through reading, students will learn to understand and collate meanings, summarise, paraphrase, and understand how writers achieve effects.

Through writing students will learn to articulate their own experience; express thought, feelings and imagined ideas clearly; order and present facts, ideas and opinions; understand and use vocabulary and register appropriate to audience and context; use grammatical structures, paragraphs, sentences, punctuation and spelling accurately and effectively.

The syllabus also promotes students’ personal development, and helps them explore wider areas of human concern.

The International GCSE Course

This course is suitable for students who aim to continue their studies at a higher level (including AS or A Level), need an English language qualification to complement other subjects they are studying or need a final qualification in English language.

Each lesson of the English International GCSE course begins with a set of clearly stated aims and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions, and there is guidance for the preparation of the Anthology to be used in the exam.

The international GCSE or IGCSE differs from English GCSE in that there is no coursework and no oral. Examination is by two written papers only – this is often more convenient for distance learners. There is also no requirement to study lengthy literary texts. The focus is on effective use of the English language.

The English International GCSE course is divided into modules as follows:

Part 1: Language Skills

  • Personal Experience
  • Poetry and Prose
  • Essay Technique
  • Reading and Response
  • Content and Form

Part 2: Anthology Texts

To access the Edexcel Anthology texts via the link above, click on the link to ‘Teacher Resource Materials’ on that page. This will open a list of resources and from that list you can click to download the Anthology texts.

The Syllabus

Oxford Open Learning’s English IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel international GCSE in English Language (Specification A ) exam in June 2015 and later years.


Assessment is by two written examinations. Paper 1 lasts 2 hours 15 minutes, and Paper 2 lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework.

For further details, please read the Course Introduction.

Within this qualification there are the following courses

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...this is a fantastic way to study, at your own pace, in your own time and from the comfort of your own home.

Biljana Wilde, English IGCSE, West Yorkshire