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The benefits of studying Cambridge IGCSE English as a 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.  Our Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language homeschooling course will help your child get to grade C and beyond.

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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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/Hours of Study

  • Our Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language homeschooling course is for non-native English speakers. It assumes a basic level of fluency in the language
  • Your child should allow for up to 150 hours’ study time to complete their Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language 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
  • We offer Study Skills Sessions for those students who need some extra help managing their studies
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The Syllabus and the 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.

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 the syllabus change (0510 to 0511). This means that the marks for the Speaking component contribute to the overall grade.

Substantial changes have been made to the course to provide greater support for the four key skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. These changes include:

  • The addition of the Grammar Practice book
  • The revised Assignment format of parts A and B
  • The inclusion of Skype calls to prepare for the speaking exam

The new course will be priced at £595 to match our other Modern Foreign Language courses.

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 (initial payment of £115 and 8 monthly instalments of £60). There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £565. You can read more about our fees here To find out what our fees include please click here To find out how to pay and about our 30-day refund policy please click here

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Meet Our English as a Second Language IGCSE Tutors

  • Nicola Barrett

    I am passionate about helping others improve their English. My motivation is a desire to help students be successful and achieve their potential through activities that stimulate and engage learners.

    BA, PGCE Subject: English & English as a 2nd Language View Profile
  • Penny Barnes

    Passing exams requires more than a good level of English. You must unlock the question and produce what the examiner wants to read. It’s always a joy giving a high mark to a well-answered question.

    BA, PGCE Subject: English & English as a 2nd Language View Profile

Hamzah Yousef Jameel, Homeschooling Student, UAE

To be honest, I don't think I would have done this so easily without the entire Wolsey Hall team on board - and, all the Tutors' help. I am quite amazed at what I've done!

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