English IGCSE

English IGCSE student leaving home

This Home Educated course encourages students to improve their language skills and understanding of literature. The emphasis is on language skills, and students will learn to understand and respond to what they read and experience. Students are encouraged to use relevant vocabulary, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and to demonstrate a sense of style and an awareness of audience.

Through reading, students will learn to understand and collate meanings, summarize, 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.


Each lesson of the English IGCSE 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 English IGCSE course is divided into modules as follows:

Part 1: Language Skills

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

Part 2: Anthology Texts

There are 21 lessons and 10 Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMA’s) two of which are practice exam papers.


Assessment is by two written examinations. Paper 1 lasts 2 hours 15 minutes, and Paper 2 lasts 1 hour 30 minutes.

The current syllabus (4EA0) will be for last exams in January 2018. Oxford Home Schooling are also currently enrolling on the new syllabus (4EA1) towards exams in Summer 2018 and beyond. To find out more about this new syllabus please feel free to contact a student adviser.


English IGCSE and Home Education FAQs

Oxford Home Schooling’s English IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in English Language (4EA0)

This syllabus will be for last exams in January 2018. Oxford Home Schooling are also currently enrolling on the new syllabus (4EA1) towards exams in Summer 2018, 2019 and beyond. To find out more about this new syllabus please feel free to contact a student adviser.

When you start your course with us you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser.  Your support period is then up to this examination date.

The course is designed to be accessible to students who have usually studied English up to and including Key Stage 3 Year 9.

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