What is English?

IGCSE English Language is all about being able to identify what makes an effective and powerful piece of writing and then using those same skills to create your own vivid and persuasive pieces of writing. You will develop understanding of how writers use structure, language and form to create an impact on their readers. You will explore links between different writers and their perspectives. You will develop your ability to write analytically about other writers’ choices and you will have the opportunity to produce your own crafted pieces of fictional and non-fictional writing. There is also a focus on improving accuracy through improving your command of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

What will I study?

The first part of the course will focus on poetry and prose from the Edexcel Anthology, exploring powerful and imaginative writing from different cultures and historical periods including the present day. Students will produce their own coursework portfolio of imaginative writing and analytical writing.  The second part of the course will prepare students for a written examination in the summer term. Students will analyse contemporary non-fiction texts and explore links and connections between the different writers’ perspectives. Students will also develop their own ability to write high-impact and well-structured pieces of non-fiction themselves. They will continue expanding their vocabulary and use an increasingly wide range of sentence structures and punctuation with accuracy.

What will I gain from studying the subject?

The course will equip you to be able to engage with texts and language with confidence and insight. You will develop a sensitivity to language choices and language can be used to persuade, engage and direct a reader. You will also gain an understanding of how language works in the real world and be able to craft your own language to have maximum effect on the reader.

How is it assessed?

Paper 1:

Non-Fiction Texts and Transactional Writing 60%

(Written Exam – 2 hours, 15 minutes)

The exam is structured in this way:

Section A: Reading (Non-Fiction) 30% (of whole award)

Section B: Writing (Non Fiction) 30%


Paper 2:

Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing 40%

Assessed through Coursework


Two essays:

  1. Analytical essay on any two texts from the Pearson Edexcel IGCSE English Anthology and a commentary on why these two texts were selected.
  2. A piece of imaginative writing



Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE

What do I need?

You need to have an interest in the written and the spoken word and a willingness to read new kinds of text. You also need to be prepared to look at your own work with a critical eye and experiment with new techniques and ideas.