GCSE English - Standalone

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We are proud to offer this stand-alone qualification for IGCSE English Language.

You will be assessed in three key areas: reading, writing, and speaking and listening.  You will also gain the ability to construct and convey meaning in written standard English. You will be tested through a combination of controlled assessments and external exams. We currently offer this qualification through the University of Cambridge International Examinations exam board.

If you do not have a minimum grade of C (4) in English at GCSE, then you can study this course for free. 

What I'll learn

The course aims to develop your abilities:

  • To communicate effectively in speech and writing
  • To listen with understanding
  • To be enthusiastic responsive and knowledgeable readers.

You will have the opportunity to talk and listen in a variety of contexts read a wide variety of literature non-fiction and media texts.

Gaining an A* to C grade can help you to progress on to a suitable Level 3 course such as A-levels or finding a job. Your IGCSE can be a stand-alone qualification and lead on to further study.


How I'll learn

You will learn about modern drama, specifically the work of Willy Russell, through an analysis of two key characters from the play Blood Brothers. You will further develop your reading skills by carefully selecting key quotations as well as developing your language analysis.  There will also be an opportunity to study how people converse in modern day as well as plan and deliver a presentation, a role play piece and a formal discussion. In addition, you will be assessed on your creative writing skills through two key areas.  You will learn though both traditional and e-learning. You will need to be prepared for extra study and spend around three hours per week on studying away from the classroom. Resources will be provided (both paper-based and e-based). In some cases, Google Chromebooks will be provided in class where you can utilise live writing tools such as Google Docs and Google Communities.

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make your next decision regarding study or work. The college provides a varied programme of enrichment opportunities and you will be encouraged to select from a range including: volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is both internal - within the college - and by external exam.

  • Your IGCSE English course is delivered using the following Assessment Framework:
  • Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers (Controlled Assessment for Reading): 15%
  • Spoken Language Study (Controlled Assessment for Reading): 10%
  • Descriptive Writing Controlled Assessment: 7.5%
  • Narrative Writing Controlled Assessment: 7.5%
  • 3 x Speaking & Listening Assessments: 20%
  • 2 x External Examinations (Reading and Writing): 40%


Get the English skills you need for your studies and career with our English programmes."

Teacher, English

Entry Requirements

You will be asked to attend an initial assessment with a tutor to identify which course is right for you.

Students need to make a firm commitment to attend for the whole course.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.