At IGCSE level’ students can study English at three different levels. English as a 2nd Language, English 1st language and English 1st language with literature.

The literature option results in separate IGCSE grades for language and literature.

All IGCSE Level English courses follow the CAIE curricula and are taught for 3 hours per week.

English 2nd Language

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language offers learners the opportunity to gain lifelong skills and knowledge including:

  • Better communicative ability in English
  • Improved ability to understand English in a range of everyday situations and in a variety of social registers and styles
  • Greater awareness of the nature of language and language-learning skills
  • Wider international perspective

English 1st Language

The course allows learners to:

  • Develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
  • Learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used.

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

English Literature

Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) is not taught as a separate course but as a combined English Language and Literature course. Students will receive separate grades for Language and Literature.

Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) offers learners the opportunity to read, interpret, evaluate and respond to a range of literature in English. The range includes drama, prose and poetry from the works of Shakespeare to contemporary literature. This course enables learners to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ways in which writers use English to express meaning and achieve effects. Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) will stimulate learners to read for pleasure, to explore wider and universal issues, promoting a better understanding of themselves and the world.

AS and A Level

AS / A Level English follows the CAIE curriculum and is taught for 5 hours per week.

English Language learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of different texts, both written and spoken. They gain pleasure and awareness of how language works in different ways, for different purposes and for different audiences. In addition, they gain skills for life, including:

  • The ability to appreciate how different texts are shaped by their language and style
  • Skills in creating their own imaginative and persuasive writing for different purposes and audiences
  • Skills in researching, selecting and shaping information from different sources
  • The ability to analyse and compare written and spoken texts in close detail.