Benefits of Studying Cambridge IGCSE English Second Language

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is accepted by universities and employers as proof of ability to understand and communicate in English. It is aimed at students whose first language is not English, but who use English as a language of study.

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

Please note that we also offer IGCSE English Language and IGCSE English Literature for those who are already fluent in English.

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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

  • Our Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language homeschooling course is for non-native English speakers whose written and spoken level of fluency is at a basic level;
  • Non-native speakers who are frequent users of the language should consider taking 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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