Benefits of Studying Cambridge IGCSE English Second Language

The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of IGCSE courses.

The subject is aimed at students who have not previously been taught in English and whose English is at a basic level.  For those who have a working knowledge of English we recommend IGCSE English Language i.e. first language English.  If you are in any doubt as to the most suitable course, we can offer a test at no charge to help you decide.

A grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language satisfies the English proficiency requirements of some universities in the UK and in other English speaking countries.

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IGCSE Course Information

Key Topics Covered in the Course

  • Understanding, identifying and selecting texts
  • Carrying out a range of writing tasks on a number of topics
  • Describing and reporting a wide range of information
  • Organising and presenting material in appropriate format
  • Retrieving facts and details from a range of information
  • Understanding ideas and the connection between them
  • Authentic Speaking and Listening practice, with exam preparation via Skype


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Prior Requirements and Hours of Study

  • Previous study: CAIE recommends that learners starting this course are not first language speakers of English, but learners who use English as a lingua franca or language of study. Learners are likely to have studied a curriculum such as the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme or equivalent national educational framework. Learners in England will normally have followed the Key Stage 3 programme of study within the National Curriculum for England.
  • Non-native speakers who are frequent users of the language should take IGCSE first language English.
  • The course includes live tutorials to prepare for the speaking exam.
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete the course plus additional time for completing assignments. 150 hours is an approximate figure which depends on their learning abilities and the pace at which they work.

The Syllabus and Exam

The course will prepare your child for the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the syllabus for the Cambridge (CAIE) English as a Second Language syllabus 0511 or 0991.

The exam comprises three components:

Paper 2: Reading and Writing (2 hours) – 60% of the total mark

Paper 4: Listening (50 minutes) – 20% of the total mark

Component 5: Speaking (10-15 minutes) – 20% of the total mark

Please note that the marks for the Speaking component contribute to the overall grade.

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

Course Fee

The fee for Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is £595 via instalments, or £565 if paid in full.

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