Upper School (IGCSEs)

Online IGCSE English Language


Our Online IGCSE English Language course provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance students’ mastery of the English language. In this course, pupils will learn to articulate their ideas and emotions effectively through speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. The programme places a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of grammar and punctuation while nurturing the development of a wide-ranging vocabulary and a personal writing style. It also fosters an acute awareness of the needs of different audiences, enabling pupils to adapt their language appropriately in various contexts.

As a premier provider of English Language IGCSE Online education, our syllabus serves as an excellent pathway to A Level English Language studies and subsequently, further academic pursuits at university level.

Homework, Assessment and Reporting

Students enrolled in our IGCSE English Language Online Course, like those in our general Upper School, are expected to complete at least one piece of homework per subject each fortnight at Level 3 and each week at Level 4. Academic success in our Upper School is further ensured by the regular revision of class notes to reinforce learning after each lesson. It is imperative that students craft detailed revision cards and notes for each topic throughout the course. This practice substantially aids in preparing students for their final exams at the end of this two-year Online IGCSE English Language course.

For assessments, Level 3 internal evaluations are conducted in June, while Level 4 internal mock assessments take place in November and March. Reports detailing grades for attainment and effort in each subject, along with personalised feedback from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher, are issued at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms for Level 3, and after mock assessments in the Autumn and Spring terms for Level 4.

To facilitate ongoing communication about student progress throughout the academic year, parents are encouraged to utilise their family Teams account. This digital tool offers a more nuanced and consistent tracking of academic performance, a benefit that goes beyond the insights gathered from an annual parent consultation evening.

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The course comprises the following three units:

Unit 1: Paper 1 or 2  Reading Passages – Core or Extended (50%)

Mode of Assessment: externally assessed exam paper (2 hours)

This unit will test, through three structured questions, the reading of two non-fiction texts.

Unit 2: Paper 3  Coursework Portfolio (50%)

Mode of Assessment: internally assessed coursework

This unit will test transactional, creative and discursive writing skills. Students submit three assignments, each of 500 – 800 words.

All presentations and discussions are recorded.

The examination comprises 2 written papers:

Paper 2 and Paper 3. Candidates are given 2 hours to complete these papers.

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

What topics are covered in the online IGCSE English Language course?

The online IGCSE English Language course equips students with the skills needed to read, write, speak, and understand English text proficiently. It covers grammar, punctuation, vocabulary development, and effective communication tailored to different audiences. It also aims to develop a personal style of expression.

How is assessment conducted in the online IGCSE English Language class?

Students in the Upper School are subject to internal assessments in June for Level 3 and mock assessments in November and March for Level 4. Reports are provided at the end of specific terms, detailing both attainment and effort grades along with comments from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher.

What is the homework policy for the online IGCSE English Language course?

Students at the Level 3 stage are required to complete a minimum of one homework assignment every fortnight for each subject, whereas Level 4 students have weekly assignments. It is also strongly recommended that students revise their notes and create revision cards for better preparation for their final exams.

What are the key units of the English Language IGCSE online course?

The course is structured into three units. Unit 1 tests the reading of non-fiction texts and is an externally assessed exam paper. Unit 2 focuses on coursework that tests transactional, creative, and discursive writing skills. The examination consists of 2 written papers, which candidates have 2 hours to complete.

How can parents stay updated on their child’s progress in English Language IGCSE online?

Parents are encouraged to use their family Teams accounts for ongoing dialogue with teachers, allowing for a more detailed tracking of a student’s academic progress than a yearly parent consultation evening would offer.

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