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English GCSE Level 1/2 at Ursuline College

Course description

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English syllabus 0522: Extended

Course content

An internationally recognised English Language focused course for students who have not yet attained a C at GCSE level in English. It serves to develop student’s skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing, aiming to develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively.

Written assignments and examinations are aimed to develop a wider range of vocabulary as well as accuracy in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Tasks help support students to develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

It also serves to develop analytical and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.


This component is eligible for grades A–E.

Learning is assessed through terminal examination and coursework.

Terminal Examination – 40%

Paper 2 – Reading 2 hours (50 marks). Candidates answer three questions on two passages.

Coursework Portfolio – 40%

Component 4 (50 marks) Candidates submit three assignments, each of 500–800 words. This component is assessed by the teacher and moderated by Cambridge.

Speaking and Listening Test – 20 %

Component 5 (30 marks) Candidates conduct an individual task and take part in a discussion, lasting 10 – 12 minutes in total. All candidates are recorded during the administration period. This component is assessed by the teacher and moderated by Cambridge.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in English or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.With further training, you could go into a job related to English such as a Teacher, Journalist or Editor. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year