English Language International GCSE (Archived)

We are sorry, but this course is no longer available. For an alternative, please see our English Language GCSE instead.



Course requirements

You should have a good command of basic English. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

As a guideline, 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 up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2017.


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


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

Exams and assessment

Two exams:
  • 2 hours 15 minutes, 67% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 33% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None


Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has 9 assignments.

Set texts and resources

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
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  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

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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.

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