GCSE English Language Entry Requirements
To enter into our GCSE English Language course Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.
Approximately 240 hours.
Edexcel International GCSE in English Language.
Specification: Edexcel www.edexcel.org.uk
Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.
Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.
In the student ‘On Campus’ area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.
After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.
Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.
A paper copy and Kindle copy of course materials are also available to purchase in the online enrolment process.
iGCSE English Language Course Content
Unit 1 – Functional Writing Skills
This unit considers the skills needed for writing for a particular purpose. This includes writing persuasive texts to argue or to advise the reader; and writing to inform, explain and describe. Students will learn effective communication, adapting form, tone, and register of writing for specific purposes and audiences.
Unit 2 – Reading non-fiction
This units considers the reading skills of students. Students will learn and be assessed on reading for meaning and understanding. Students will look at several anthology texts to do this. Students will read and summarise information and ideas, they will identify the purpose of texts and learn skills to read more effectively.
Unit 3 – Comparing Non-fiction texts
This unit looks into exploring the links and connections between writer’s ideas and perspectives. Students will develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects. Student will carry out close reading of the text and consider the wider context of the extracts to help understand the them that the authors are writing about.
Unit 4 – Imaginative writing
Students should use what they have learned about the writer’s craft in their reading of fiction to inspire and influence their own imaginative writing. They should develop a range of creative writing techniques, planning and proof-reading skills.
Unit 5 – Poetry and Prose Anthology texts
Students will read selections from a range of high-quality, challenging poetry or prose fiction to prepare them for an assignment based on their selected poetry and prose texts from Part 2 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology. They will develop to be able to read substantial pieces of writing (extended texts) that make significant demands on them in terms of content, structure and the quality of language. Throughout the unit, students should develop the skills of inference and analysis.
Assessment objectives and weightings
Read and understand a variety of texts, selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives
Understand and analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects
Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed
Communicate effectively and imaginatively, adapting form, tone and register of writing for specific purposes and audiences
Write clearly, using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures, with appropriate paragraphing and accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation
This iGCSE English Language course can be used in preparation for progressing to higher level study in relevant subjects (for example AS and A2) or as a vehicle for career development or to fulfil entry requirements to education courses.