Edexcel International GCSE in English Language.
Studied online and assessed completely through examination.
The course you will be following is called "Edexcel International GCSE in English Language (Specification A) (4EA1)".
This is graded using the new GCSE grading system of 9-1 and is externally assessed in January/Summer from Summer 2018:
- Paper 1 (4EA1/01): Non-fiction texts and transactional writing
To prepare for Paper 1 you will study the contemporary non-fiction texts from the set anthology and will explore, analyse and compare how writers construct their work. You will develop your own writing skills, so that you can create your own transactional writing (writing for different audiences and for different purposes).
Paper 1 is worth 60% of the IGCSE.
- Paper 2 (4EA1/02): Poetry and prose texts and imaginative writing
For Paper 2 you will study ten set texts ? five poems and five short stories or excerpts from novels. You will learn how to understand, analyse and discuss the texts. You will have one piece of creative writing to write on this paper, and you will be taught how to construct and develop your imaginative writing ready for this question.
Paper 2 is worth 40% of the IGCSE.
Your course is structured to fully prepare you for your exams and there is no coursework or speaking and listening component to complete.
You will work through units that focus on the content of Paper 1 and Paper 2, and on the skills that you need to succeed in your exams. You will learn and study actively ? this means that you will be directed to further reading and will complete tasks and activities throughout each unit. Most of your studying is completed using our learning materials, the set texts from the anthology and aspects of the Edexcel textbook, but you are expected to also read widely during your studies to develop your skills.
At the end of each study section you will complete exam-type questions that are marked by your tutor. The feedback that you will receive on each assessment will help your progression and development during the course.
Throughout your studies your subject specialist tutor will be on hand, either for tutorials or through the study forum, where you can also work with other students.
At the end of your studies you have the opportunity to have a mock exam (Paper 1 and Paper 2) marked, graded and commented on by your tutor. By the end of the course you should feel fully prepared and ready to sit and achieve your IGCSE.
How do I take the exams?
We do not arrange your exam for you. You will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. We recommend that you find out how much this will cost before you start the course.
You can find details of centres that may accept private candidates at "Where can I take Pearson (Edexcel) qualification exams?" and/or by using a search engine online. We have the details of some schools/colleges/centres that have taken external candidates in the past that we can pass onto you too.
You will need to contact the school/college/centre directly and ask them if you can register to sit your Edexcel International GCSE in English Language (Specification A, 4EA1) exams there.
They will need some information from you and this can be found here too. The school/college/centre will also tell you how much this will cost. You will need to pay the fee directly to them.
You will need to make sure that you allow plenty of time to arrange your exam as there are entry deadlines and you will not be able to arrange your exam at short notice.
How do I study?
Our IGCSEs are delivered completely online. This means that you can study when it suits you, your family, and your job. With our learning materials and your own personal tutor, you will have the one-to-one support and guidance that you need to succeed when studying an IGCSE online.
When can I start?
You can start when it suits you: just like studying with us, our enrolments are flexible too.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no set entry requirements for this IGCSE, but a good standard of written English is necessary to pass an IGCSE.
When are the exams?
There are two sittings for IGCSEs: January and May/June. You will need to arrange sitting the exams in good time – we recommend that you should do this by September for the January exams, and by February for the May/June exams.
How do I learn?
Throughout your course you will be given access to the tailored learning materials and tutor-marked assessments. Your tutor will be on hand either over the phone, on the GCSE forum, or over email to support and guide you. All feedback that you receive will be there to help you to continuously improve and develop your skills. The goal of you passing your IGCSE with the highest grade possible is central to our learning materials, teaching, and feedback.
How am I assessed?
You will complete self-assessment questions during each unit, and you can check your responses using the example answers given to develop and deepen your understanding. Tutor assessed questions are completed after each study section – these exam-style questions are numerically marked by your tutor, who will give you feedback on how to improve, develop and progress. At the end of the course you have the opportunity to sit mock exam papers during your revision. Your qualification however will be sat externally. This means that you will need to find and pay a centre to sit your exams.
How long will it take?
Because our courses fit into your life rather than the other way around, you can decide how long you'd like to study your IGCSE for. On average students prepare for an IGCSE in 9 months.
When can I complete?
Just like starting, when you complete is up to you. The only deadlines that are in place are those set by yourself, and are usually based on when you want to sit your exams.
What are my future prospects?
IGCSEs open doors for every learner. Whether you decide to use it to gain entry to university or not, it will improve your career prospects. You will deepen your knowledge, your skills, and your understanding of the subject and studying online teaches you skills that will make you standout. From organisational skills and time management, to increased confidence in your abilities – you will be capable of things you hadn't previously thought possible.
£350 - spread across up to 9 easy instalments
- Enrolment Fee = £30.00, payable when you apply for the course.
- Course Fee = £320.00, in up to 9 instalments; payable monthly, 2-weekly or in a single instalment.
Total Fee = £350.00.
Your course materials will be released as your fees are paid so you need to consider this when setting up your payment options.
Funding your course
This course is not eligible for Advanced Learner Loans.
This course is not eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding.
The majority of our students fund themselves using our easy payment options. Some secure funding through their employers and a few manage to get some help from local charities. We cannot provide advice on funding but we do have a Grants & Funding page which you may find useful.
If you are not funding your course yourself, please ensure that you make us aware of this when you apply so that we can make any necessary arrangements with the funder.
Course fee instalments
The amount you pay for each instalment depends on how quickly you plan to complete the course. You can also change your Target Completion Date during the course when you have a clearer idea of how quickly you are progressing. This may change the cost of your instalments. Bringing the date forward will tend to increase the amount and setting it back will tend to reduce it.
Choose how you pay. For example:
- You can pay the whole fee of £350.00 when you apply
- You can pay the £30.00 Enrolment Fee when you apply, then we can debit the £320.00 Course Fee on your course start date.
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Maximum 9 payments.
- Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
- Course Fee instalments
- 9 months @ £35.56 per month
- 8 months @ £40.00 per month
- 7 months @ £45.71 per month
- 6 months @ £53.33 per month
- 5 months @ £64.00 per month
- 4 months @ £80.00 per month
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Maximum 19 payments.
- Enrolment Fee paid on application £30.00
- Course Fee instalment examples
- 38 weeks, 19 instalments @ £16.84
- 30 weeks, 15 instalments @ £21.33
- 22 weeks, 11 instalments @ £29.09
- 14 weeks, 7 instalments @ £45.71
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We provide reduced rate special offers when you are studying more than one qualification with us.
- You only ever have to pay the Enrolment Fee once, if you pay it when applying for another course with us, we will take the cost off your first Course Fee instalment.
- If studying more than one GCSE you get £20.00 off the second and £30.00 off any others you study with us.
- If studying GCSEs at the same time (in parallel with) an Access Diploma, you get £20.00 off the first and £30.00 off the second. You can only study up to a maximum of two GCSEs at the same time as an Access Diploma.
The normal method of payment is online with a credit or debit card. We accept all major cards (Visa Debit, MasterCard, Electron, UK Maestro and Solo) and use SagePay, one of the most secure payment systems on the market.
If there are genuine reasons why you cannot pay online, you will need to contact us to discuss whether there are other feasible options available such as bank transfer or Standing Order.
The support that our students receive is central to who we are and the service that we deliver.
Your tutor is both your personal support and your subject specialist teacher. They were chosen for their expert subject knowledge and qualifications, and for their skills in supporting and motivating adults who may have been out of education for some time. They are there to support you and guide your studies, and you will be in contact over phone, the GCSE forum and email. Because they mark your assessments, they know how to help you to improve, develop and advance as you progress through the course.
Our GCSE Administrator is here for you from your first enquiry and throughout your studies with us. From giving you access to your learning materials, to offering advice about sitting your exams, the GCSE team are here for everybody – past, present and prospective student alike.
We make our courses suit you and your life: if your circumstances or priorities change then your course can too. We are here to help you achieve, and so altering your target completion date, payment date, or extending your study period is always possible.
From accessing learning materials to uploading documents, if you need any technical support during your studies our Technical Department is there for you.
Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances the Finance Department is there for you.