AS level English General Paper

Why study AS level English General Paper?

Our Cambridge AS level English General Paper course is set at AS level only and is a valuable addition to your 3 core A level subjects. It will develop your understanding and use of English in a range of contexts. You will learn how to incorporate key details into your writing in order to support your argument, as well as honing your skills in interpretation, analysis, reasoning, evaluation and persuasion. These skills are all highly transferable and will help you in your other subjects as well as equipping you for higher education or employment.

The qualification was developed by Cambridge for those students who would like a qualification in English beyond IGCSE/GCSE to study at university. The skills you will learn are transferable to a large number of subjects where you need to read and write in English at a proficient level.

Please note however that you must always check the specific entrance requirements for English of any university to which you are applying.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance.


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AS English general paper

What do I need to know to enrol?

To study for the AS English General Paper, you must have gained at least grade C or 4 in IGCSE First Language English or grade B or 6 in IGCSE Second Language English.

The qualification is only available at AS level and therefore should be taken in addition to three core A level subjects if you are applying for university.

The syllabus and exam

This course will prepare you for the Cambridge AS English General Paper syllabus 8021.

This qualification is only available at AS level. Exams take place in March (India only), June and November.

For the AS in English General Paper you will take:

Paper 1

Essay – worth 50% of the AS level (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Paper 2

Comprehension – worth 50% of the AS level (1 hour and 45 minutes).

There are Cambridge exam centres in the UK and over 150 countries. We can provide details of the most convenient.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

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