About this course

IGCSE English language online course

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enables pupils to:

  • Read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding
  • Read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • Write effectively and coherently using standard English appropriately
  • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken standard English effectively. Spoken language will be reported as a separate grade on the student’s certificate.

In the October of year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform King’s InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October.

King’s InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here

Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:

  • Extra time of 25%*
  • Extra time up to 50%*
  • A reader*
  • A scribe*
  • Supervised rest breaks
  • Separate room
  • Use of a laptop
  • Enlarged print exam papers

*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an educational psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process.

The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.

Key information
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International GCSE
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2 years
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Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
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All exams will be supervised and sat at an examination centre local to you
About our fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.

IGCSE English FAQs

GCSE English Language focuses on developing your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. You’ll look at syntax, morphology and phonology. You’ll come across a range of texts to analyse, learning how language is used to communicate messages with readers.

The course covers topics including:

  • Creative reading and writing
  • Fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Using English
  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback

English Literature focuses on developing students’ understanding of prose, poetry, and drama. You’ll explore cultures and societies through literature and learn to appreciate how writers use literary effects to tell their stories and trigger emotional reactions.

Yes, you can study GCSE English online and gain the exact same GCSE English qualification, without having to attend a physical school.

With online learning, you can study GCSE English at a pace that suits you. You can fit your learning around your lifestyle and other commitments, whether this be hobbies, travelling, or a career.

As long as the course is accredited by a recognised exam board, such as AQA, Edexcel or Pearson, you can apply for this and study wherever and whenever you like. All you need is an internet connection.

Online GCSE English lessons are delivered through interactive, virtual classrooms. Teachers engage with students directly, and learners have opportunities to work together in breakout rooms to solve problems and reflect on classes. This fosters a sense of community and helps students to develop their communication and problem-solving skills.

You’ll need to have passed GCSE English and Maths to qualify for many higher education courses. However, universities and colleges set their own entry criteria. You should check the specific requirements with each institution you’re thinking of studying at.

GCSE English has two passes. A grade 4 makes a standard pass, while a grade 5 makes a strong pass.

The numbers grading system replaced the letters grading system in the UK in 2017. A strong pass of grade 5 or above is equivalent to a high-grade C or above, while a standard pass of up to grade 4 is equivalent to a low grade C and below.

You can study to resit your English GCSE online or at a traditional school. Studying online gives you flexibility, and the freedom to choose where and when you learn.

You may choose to resit your English GCSE exam to achieve a higher mark, as many higher learning institutions require a pass. In some cases, A Level course providers may let you resit GCSE English alongside your other exams. However, you should check this with the course provider and make time to revise these subjects again ahead of your resits.

Most college and university courses will require you to have passed GCSE English (Language) with at least grade 4. Some courses may require the same grade for English Literature. It is worth checking with the college or university with your preferred course what their requirements are.

Students will cover the following modules in GCSE English Edexcel:

  • Non-Fiction Texts
  • Contemporary Texts
  • Spoken Language Endorsements

The Non-Fiction Texts and Contemporary Texts modules are assessed through written exams. The Spoken Languages Endorsements module is assessed through the delivery of a live presentation.