English Language IGCSE

IGCSE English Language stack of books

English language is a fascinating and compelling subject to study, and this distance learning IGCSE will teach you all about how language is used and how it can be adapted for different purposes. Covering topics including text analysis, the different purposes of writing, grammar, spelling and punctuation, this home study course will improve your literacy, communication skills and the quality of your writing. The essay-writing skills you develop studying English language will prove invaluable in many other subjects, and obtaining a grade C or better will open up a huge number of jobs and qualifications for which a pass at GCSE level is a basic requirement. If you want to get into a career in teaching, midwifery or nursing, as well as countless others, this is an essential qualification. Full details of the course can be found below.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is January 2018.



Entry requirements

You should have a good command of basic English.


This course follows specification 4EA0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specification can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Hours of study

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and assessment

Two exams: 2hrs15m (67% of marks) and 1hr30m (33% of marks)
Nine assignments
No coursework
All exams must be taken in the same session

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is January 2018.

How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

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Unit 1: Personal writing: fiction

  • Audience and purpose
  • Plot, setting and atmosphere
  • Developing characters and storylines

Unit 2: Personal writing: non-fiction

  • Writing to inform, explain and describe
  • Writing to explain
  • Autobiographical and biographical writing
  • Describing experiences

Unit 3: Reading non-fiction texts

  • Approaching non-fiction texts
  • Magazine articles
  • Letters, diaries and journals
  • Non-fiction books
  • Analysing a text 1
  • Analysing a text 2
  • Commenting on texts
  • Examining newspapers

Unit 4: Writing to argue, persuade and advise

  • Planning and presenting your argument
  • Writing your ideas
  • Writing to persuade
  • Persuasive writing: approaching the question
  • Writing to advise

Unit 5: The Edexcel Anthology

  • Themes in the Anthology
  • The effects of language 1
  • The effects of language 2
  • Voice and purpose
  • Texts and audience
  • The effects of language 3
  • Approaching essays
  • The effects of poetry
  • Analysis of prose
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

IGCSE English Language Course Sample

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What our students say...

Distance learning is interesting and the tutors are fantastic. I am pleased with the services. Follow the guide given by the college; everything is very easy and stress-free.

Thomas Mangazira