International GCSE English First Language Course

This IGCSE English First Language course is designed for learners whose first language is English. Cambridge and Edexcel IGCSE First Language English learners develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. They learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

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Course Description

This IGCSE English First Language Course is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

This course is only suitable for students whose native language is English and not for students whose mother tongue is another language.

As well as preparing you for the examinations, there is guidance on many of the basics of English Language including:

  • Common errors
  • Punctuation rules and conventions
  • Spelling
  • Nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs
  • Sentence structure
  • Paragraphing
  • Presentation of essays

For Both the Cambridge and Edexcel Exams you will not be required to complete coursework. We will be preparing you only for the examination options. These written papers are all you need to gain a IGCSE. No coursework is required.


The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.



Reading (Extended)


  • Demonstrate understanding of written texts, and of the words and phrases within them
  • Summarise and use material for a specific context
  • Develop, analyse and evaluate facts, ideas and opinions
  • Demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve their effects and influence readers
  • Select appropriate information for specific purposes
  • Recognise and respond to linguistic devices, figurative language and imagery
  • In developing reading skills, students will engage with a range of genres and text types from the twentieth and/or twenty-first centuries, including literature, fiction and non-fiction, and other forms of writing, such as discursive essays, reviews and articles. This study will include focus on writers’ use of language and style and the ways in which writers achieve effects and influence readers. Students will also study how influence may include fact, ideas, perspectives, opinions and bias.


Directed Writing and Composition


  • Express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • Organise and convey facts, ideas and opinions effectively
  • Demonstrate a varied vocabulary appropriate to the context
  • Demonstrate an effective use of sentence structures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of audience, purpose and form
  • Demonstrate accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • As a developing writer yourself, you will be introduced to a range of writing skills, including the ability to create and compose texts with a variety of forms and purposes, e.g. descriptive, narrative, discursive, argumentative and persuasive. This study will include focus on the following text types: letter, report, article, journal, speech, interview and summary.

There are two exams for this IGCSE, both of which are 2 hours long. Grades 9-1 are available.



Paper 1: Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing


  • The contemporary non-fiction texts from Part 1 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology.
  • Develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
  • Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives.
  • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.


Paper 2: Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing


  • The poetry and prose texts from Part 2 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology.
  • Develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
  • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.


There are two exams for this IGCSE, of which are 2 hour 15 mins long and the other is 1 hour 30 mins long. Grades 9-1 are available.

Q & A

Will I require any previous knowledge to start this course?

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

What is included with this course?

  • In-depth study materials covering the full specification
  • Two years tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback

Will I need to purchase any books?

You will not need to purchase any books as we cover everything that is required in the course materials unless otherwise stated on the course page.

Are there any additional costs?

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

I live overseas, would I be able to take this course?

Yes, this course is available to international students, however if there is an examination at the end of the course, please contact us at [email protected] in order that we can advise you further.

Do I have to pay delivery?

For paper-based courses, delivery is free to the UK. A delivery fee will be payable for paper-based courses sent outside the UK. Please click here for delivery information.

How many hours should I allow for this course?

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Can I complete this course sooner if I wish to?

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course.

What is the course title and code for this qualification?

CIE Course Code: 0990

Edexcel Course Code: 4EA1

Awarding Organisation


University of Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and their qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.



Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC), the country’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A levels.

In the UK, Edexcel work with more than 5,000 secondary schools, 450 further education colleges, 70 higher education institutions and more than 700 employers and training providers. As the company responsible for marking the national Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, they are also now working with 20,000 junior schools. Internationally, Edexcel operate in 112 countries and every year more than four million people trust their respected learning programmes and qualifications



knowledgeable-tutors-onlineCourse fees for payment in full include:

  • Course materials which will cover the full Cambridge specification.
  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutors via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources.
  • Access to the NUS student card.
  • Tutor references once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Free CV writing service on completion of course.


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