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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).
You will also 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.
It is graded 9-1 (where 9 is the highest grade).
What are they?
How do I study?
Sitting the exams
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 GCSEs/IGCSEs: May/June and November. You will need to arrange sitting the exams in good time - we recommend that you should do this by February for the May/June exams, and by September for the November exams.
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.
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 student. 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.
The course you will be following is called "Edexcel International GCSE in English Language (Specification A) (4EA1)".
It is graded 9-1 (where 9 is the highest grade).
- 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.
Here are some Sample Materials for this qualification.
How do I take the exams?
We do not arrange your exam for you. You will need to arrange and pay for this yourself as a private candidate. We recommend that you find out how much this will cost before you start the course. You must use the correct qualification title and code when arranging your exam: Pearson/Edexcel IGCSE English Language A (4EA1). There is no speaking and listening component with this specification.
Information for private candidates, including help finding a centre and what information they will need from you, can be found at Pearson/Edexcel private candidates and Pearson/Edexcel finding a school or college. For the 2022 series please also see the JCQ. Make sure that you select IGCSE from the qualification section to find suitable centres.
There are exam centres around the country that work exclusively with private candidates. We are a learning partner with Tutors & Exams (UK wide) and have also worked with Intuition (North-West England). We are happy to pass on the contact details for other centres that have taken our students as private candidates in the past.
You can sit your exam in either the Summer (May/June) or in November. You will need to make sure that you allow plenty of time to arrange your exams as there are entry deadlines: February for Summer exams and September for the November exams.
The most flexible fees
Easy to manage flexible instalments. Payment holidays. No tie-ins or credit agreements. Great value. If the course is not for you, pay no more. If you leave & return, fees paid previously are still covered. More details on our Fees Page.
£363.00 (from £39.22 a month) discounts for more than one subject
- £20.00 off the 2nd subject,
- £30.00 off each of any further subjects
- You only pay the Enrolment Fee once, saving a further £30.00 on each GCSE!
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 advise you & make any necessary arrangements with the funder to cover your course costs.
The normal method of payment is online with a Credit or Debit Card. We accept all major cards.
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 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 guide your studies, and you will be in regular contact with them. 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.
If you need extra support with your studies, e.g for dyslexia let us know you can be referred to our Learning Support department.
Learning Support - support if you have declared a disability. They provide advice and guidance and signpost you to help and resources which can help with your studies.
Student Support - supporting you if you are having problems with your studies. This may be due to a wide range of factors, personal, financial, confidence, changed circumstances etc. Generally, tutors will refer you to this section if they feel that you will benefit from some extra help or advice.
We have a dynamic private Facebook community over 2000 students for you to join and if you want to raise points with staff this can be done via the Student Action Group.
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.
You can contact Finance Should you need any help or advice about fees, payment options, or there are changes to your circumstances.
The recommended textbook(s)
Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) English Language A Student Book: print book and ebook bundle (2017) by Roger Addison, Samantha Brunner, David Foster, Peter Inson, Robert O'Brien, Pam Taylor, Manjari Tennakoon.
Published by Pearson. ISBN: 0435182560.
You can find the best price for this textbook here: BestBookPrice.co.uk
Laptop or Computer
Due to the academic nature and depth of this course you will not be able to study it entirely on a Mobile Phone or Tablet.
If you have a disability or special needs
The 2010 Equality Act strives to ensure that all students have equal access to examinations.
If you have a disability (such as a visual impairment) or a special educational need (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia), the centre where you sit your exams will arrange access arrangements for you. You must have evidence of your disability or special educational need for this. If you do not already have a diagnosis, you should arrange this prior to booking your exams.