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English Language

IGCSE English Language

Course Length

One or two years.

The study of English not only provides skill in understanding and communicating effectively but in itself makes accessible a world of ideas and viewpoints from every culture. It underpins the ability of students to express themselves in other subjects, and it balances the disciplines of a range of studies.

The Edexcel International General Certificate of Secondary Education (International GCSE) in English Language (Specification A) is part of a suite of International GCSE qualifications offered by Edexcel.

The Edexcel International GCSE in English Language (Specification A) is designed as a two year course. The specification includes a wide range of reading and writing, and the possibility of both written and oral coursework. The reading requirements of the course are covered in the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in English Language, for use throughout the course and in the examination.

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The Specification

IGCSE in English Language (Specification A) (4EA1)


Route  one – 100% written examination

4EA1/01 Paper 1Externally assessed written paper60%
4EA1/02 Paper 2Externally assessed written paper40%


Route  two – 100% written examination

4EA1/01 Paper 1Externally assessed written paper60%
4EA1/03 Paper 2Internally assessed coursework40%

Course Content

A651 Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing
Section A Literary Text: Candidates are required to study and respond to one task from a choice of prose, drama, poetry or literary non-fiction tasks. The tasks encourage the candidate to study and respond to the texts in their entirety.
Section B Imaginative Writing: Candidates are required to respond to one exercise, completing two linked tasks.

A652 Speaking, Listening and Spoken Language
Section A Speaking and Listening: In this section, candidates are required to submit work in three assessment contexts:

  • individual extended contribution
  • group activity
  • drama-focussed activity

Section B Spoken Language: In this section, candidates are required to submit one task, in the written format.

A680 Information and ideas
Section A Non-fiction and Media: The tasks will be based on the reading of previously unseen authentic materials. Candidates will be provided with one Non-Fiction and one Media piece.

Section B Writing Information and Ideas: Candidates are required to produce one piece of continuous writing from a choice of two tasks on atopic broadly linked to the reading material provided in Section A.

Reading List

Likely text: “Notes from a small island”: Bill Bryson. 

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