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English Language Cambridge IGCSE at Cotham School

Course description

GCSE English is a basic requirement for nearly all walks of life. It will be graded using a numerical grading scale of 9–1. GCSE English is an entry requirement for many jobs and careers and for most university and college courses.

Course content

What will I learn?

You will develop your ability to communicate effectively via speech and writing. You will improve your personal writing style and the accuracy of your own writing. You will read a variety of texts and learn to distinguish fact from opinion. You will develop your analytical skills and learn to appreciate and comment on writers’ use of language.

This course is a fast track GCSE and does not just cover work you have already done in Year 11.

What learning and teaching methods will be used?

This course takes up less time than an A level. You will receive supportive teaching leading to active learning. Many students improve on past performances and achieve grade C. 

Entry requirements

  • Grade 3 in English GCSE 
  • Grade D or E in English GCSE


100% examination syllabus code 0627

You will be assessed through two written examinations:

  • Reading 50% - 2 hours 10 minutes. Three questions: comprehension; summary; comprehension and comparison. The three unseen passages for Paper 1 will be taken from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries will relate to one passage of approximately 700-800 words.
  • Writing 50% - 2 hours. Paper 2 has two sections. The first section, Directed Writing, has one question, based on two unseen passages. The passages will be taken from either the 20th or 21st century, or both. The second section, Composition, has one task from a choice of four: two descriptive and two narrative.                      

Speaking and Listening will be separately endorsed.

The Speaking and Listening Test has two parts:

  • Part 1: Individual task
  • Part 2: Questions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotham School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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