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International GCSE English

Course information

In this International GCSE course students will cover a range of topics, including poetry and prose, as well as various other techniques that’ll help to develop their writing and language skills. There’ll also be a consistent focus on vocabulary, grammar, spelling and punctuation – just four key skills that are essential in everyday life.

While reading will help students to understand and collate meanings, assignments will enable them to articulate their own experiences, express feelings and present their thoughts in a clear and cohesive way.

The course itself will be split into 5 Modules.

Module 1: Non-Fiction Anthology Reading

  • Introduction to Reading Non-Fiction
  • Reading for Meaning
  • Non-Fiction Anthology – Emma Levine
  • Non-Fiction Anthology – Kari Herbert
  • Non-Fiction Anthology – Ngozi Adichie

Module 2 Non-Fiction Anthology Comparing Non-Fiction and Unseen Texts

  • Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Zephaniah
  • Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Ralston
  • Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Zeppa
  • Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Alagiah
  • Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Morris

Module 3 Transactional Writing

  • Transactional Writing
  • Persuasive Texts
  • Writing to argue and advise
  • Writing to inform and explain

Module 4 Poetry and Prose Anthology Texts

  • The Necklace and Out, Out-
  • The Night and Disabled
  • The Story of an Hour and Still I Rise
  • Whistle and I’ll Come for You and The Bright Lights of Sarajevo
  • Significant Cigarettes and An Unknown Girl
Module 5 Imaginative Writing
  • Introduction to Imaginative Writing
  • Imaginative Writing: How It is Told
  • Imagined Experiences
  • Developing Narrative

In total there are 23 lessons and 10 tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). Further down this page you can read more about study times and examinations.

Oxford Home Schooling’s English IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel International GCSE in English Language (4EA1).

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Examinations and assignments

There are two papers that all students must sit in order to pass the International GCSE English.

  • Paper 1 – lasts for 2 hours and 15 minutes and is worth 60% of the final mark.
  • Paper 2 – lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the final mark.


Course duration and study time

When you enrol with Oxford Home Schooling we will agree on an intended examination date with you.  Your support will last all the way up to this examination date, regardless of whether you decide to do the course in 9 months or 30.

The recommended number of study hours for this course is 200 hours.

Course price

Our International GCSE English course fee is £375.

You may pay using our interest-free easy payment scheme. Pay a £75 deposit followed by eight monthly instalments of £37.50.

You will receive support from a fully-qualified tutor holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education.

This support includes:

  • Marking all assignments for the course
  • Written answers to specific study problems
  • Telephone contact

When you begin this course, you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser. Your support period lasts up to this examination date.

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What’s next?

With an International GCSE English course tucked under their belt, students have a wealth of options to choose from. While the majority choose to enter the world of higher education – studying A levels before heading off to university – others use their International GCSE English as a ticket into the world of work.

Whichever option students choose, the skills learnt while studying the International GCSE English will place them in good stead moving forward. Not only will they be better at communicating their thoughts, ideas and opinions, they’ll also possess a number of critical thinking skills that will be consistently called upon throughout their lives.

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There is an Edexcel textbook for the course which may be purchased to support general reading and writing skills:
This book is entirely optional.  The Oxford Home Schooling course is designed as a stand-alone course.