English Language IGCSE Course

£ 307.56

Improve your language skills, or get them certified with home learning with the Distance Learning Centre's English Language IGCSE Course.

Course Description

The English Language IGCSE Course concentrates 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, 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 home study courses consist of five modules and twenty-three lessons in total and has ten Tutor Marked Assessments which include 2 practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The English Language IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE English Language (4EA1) Specification (A) for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years. Assessment is by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1 – Non-Fiction Texts and Transactional Writing (2 hours 15 minutes) is 60% of the total marks.
  • Paper 2 – Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing (1 hour 30 minutes) is 40% of the total marks.

English Language IGCSE Course Syllabus

The home study course is divided into five modules containing 23 lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Introduction to Reading Non-Fiction; Reading for Meaning; Non-Fiction Anthology – Emma Levine; Non-Fiction Anthology – Kari Herbert; and Non-Fiction Anthology – Ngozi Adichie.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Zephaniah; Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Ralston; Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Zeppa; Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Alagiah; and Non-Fiction Anthology and Unseen – Morris.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Transactional Writing; Persuasive Texts; Writing to argue and advise; and Writing to inform and explain.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: 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; and Significant Cigarettes and An Unknown Girl.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Introduction to Imaginative Writing; Imaginative Writing: How It is Told; Imagined Experiences; and Developing Narrative.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

Additional Reading

You will need to download a copy of the Anthology from the Edexcel website which covers the following texts:

Paper 1:

From The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From A Passage to Africa, George Alagiah
From The Explorer’s Daughter, Kari Herbert
Explorers or boys messing about? Either way, taxpayer gets rescue bill, Steven Morris
From Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston
Young and dyslexic? You’ve got it going on, Benjamin Zephaniah
From A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat, Emma Levine
From Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, Jamie Zeppa
From H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
From Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah

Paper 2:

Disabled’, Wilfred Owen
‘Out, Out-’, Robert Frost
‘An Unknown Girl’, Moniza Alvi
‘The Bright Lights of Sarajevo’, Tony Harrison
‘Still I Rise’, Maya Angelou
‘The Story of an Hour’, Kate Chopin
‘The Necklace’, Guy de Maupassant
‘Significant Cigarettes’ (from The Road Home), Rose Tremain
‘Whistle and I’ll Come to You’ (from The Woman in Black), Susan Hill
‘Night’, Alice Munro

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Most IGCSE examinations are only available in the Summer examination window although some exams (Sciences and Maths) can be sat in a January examination window. We recommend students aim for the Summer examination window as there are less centres available for the January exams. If students are aiming towards the January exams, we recommend finding a centre before enrolling on the course. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.

Any student aiming for the Summer 2022 examination window will need to be enrolled on the course by 14 November 2021. Students can aim towards Summer 2023 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)