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Year 9 Options » English Language

English Language

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code  0511 and/or 0500


The English course in Years 10 and 11 leads to potential entry into three IGCSEs: English as a Second Language, First Language English and English Literature.

Course Content

The language work in English covers a wide range of reading, writing and oral skills. The English as a Second Language IGCSE has an assessed oral component which involves conducting a sustained conversation in a one on one interview. Beyond this, across the First and Second Language classes, students will be given opportunities to present speeches in debates, to read aloud their own creative pieces with expression and more generally to be able to communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings in a confident and articulate manner.  Students will be presented with a wide range of reading matter, both fiction and non-fiction. They will also be encouraged to write in a wide variety of forms; from poetry to magazine articles, discursive argument pieces to narrative work. Our aim is to enable students to enjoy communicating effectively and accurately in English. Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used.


The English Language papers both have Core and Extended tiers. Those students thought capable of achieving a good grade at IGCSE English as a Second Language in May/June of Year 10 will be entered then, and will progress to take the First Language exam at the end of Year 11. Those who need to continue to work on their English language skills will take English as a Second language in Oct/Nov in Year 11 and, if appropriate, attempt English as a Second language (Extended) or First Language (Core) at the end of Year 11 in the May/June session.

Careers and Progression

English is obviously an essential qualification for all courses and careers. At ISS we do our best to cater to the wide range of abilities of our students and maximise their abilities through an individualised curriculum and small class sizes.

For more information, contact Ms Donlon