Examining Board: Edexcel
Next Examination Period: May / June 2018
Final Examination Period: January 2019
Exam Specification Code: 4EAO
Oxford Learning College Course Code: IGEL
The Edexcel International GCSE English Language course online is designed to facilitate development of a broad understanding of Written English principles
This 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.
The course is designed to be accessible for those with limited academic or study backgrounds, but there is a need to be able to read, comprehend and write written English to a standard of level 2 or above. In this course students are encourages to use correct grammar spelling and punctuation in order to develop style and presentation as well as facilitating understanding of meaning and language. Therefore the emphasis is on language skills.
Through comprehensive and independent reading of texts and extracts students will be provided with an opportunity to develop skills in summarising, collating and paraphrasing written text
Through writing students will learn how to articulate their own experiences and develop skills that allow expression of ideas clearly and in an ordered way through appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structure.
Throughout the course students will use the Edexcel Anthology which will be provided on the college site and will also be provided for use in the written examinations
Each unit has an associated extended TMA (Tutor Marked Assessment) which students are encouraged to complete so that they can utilise comprehensive feedback from their tutor and use this to identify strengths and weaknesses in knowledge and understanding
The course is formally assessed by external examination (two papers). Examination sessions are January and June depending (January depending on centre registration policies). The expectation is that the course will take a full academic year to complete depending on existing knowledge and available study time as well as individual progress through the course. Therefore each student will progress at a different pace.
The Edexcel International GCSE English Language course follows the specification and requires students to be proactive in their independent learning and evaluation of material.
Unit 1: Reading and writing skills
• Why read
• Passive and active reading
• Skimming and scanning
• Standard English
• Spelling and punctuation
• How to read fiction and non-fiction
• Controlling and choosing language
Unit 2: Poetry and prose
• Poetic form
• Imagination and reality
• Plots and settings
• Character and dialogue
Unit 3: Essay techniques
• Essay planning, structure and form
• Factual and expressive techniques
• Constructing an argument
Unit 4: Reading and responding
• Reading sourced material:
• Reading and writing about different cultures and traditions
• Contexts and images
• Reading nonfiction and fiction
Unit 5: Anthology texts
• Reading with insight and engagement
• How to make appropriate references to texts
• Understanding and interpreting texts
• Researching texts
• Understanding and attributing meaning
• Linguistic devices and effects
The introduction has covered the basic course content and assessment criteria. Further information can be obtained through Edexcel.
Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.
Approximately 240 hours.
Edexcel International GCSE English Language or Level 2 Certificate in English Language if taken in UK state school.
Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.
Payment by Instalments
Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.
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.
Please click the link to see all our Edexcel International GCSE courses.