Search this Site:

GCSE English as a Second Language

GCSE English & English Literature (EAL)

Head of Department: Miss Z Hibbert
GCSE Specification: Cambridge IGCSE English Second Language (9-1) (UK only) 0991


Course Outline

The Cambridge International GCSE in English as a Second Language is aimed at international pupils who speak English as a Second Language and who would struggle with the demands of the IGCSE First Language English course. The course develops the skills necessary for effective academic study and provides the opportunity for personal and intellectual development. The course focuses on the skills necessary to understand and communicate across a range of English-language media and genres through the development of linguistic proficiency and skill-specific strategies. It is expected that pupils will have a B1 level of English upon starting the course.


Course Structure

All candidates take three components. Candidates will be eligible for grades 9 to 1.

Paper 1: Reading and Writing: 2 hours / 60 marks (50%)        

Reading comprehension (8 marks)

Multiple-Matching (9 marks)

Note-taking  (7 marks)

Reading Comprehension (6 marks)

Extended writing – an informal email (15 marks)

Extended Writing- A formal/semi-formal article, report, essay, or review (15 marks)


Paper 2: Listening 50 minutes / 40 marks (25%)

Candidates listen to five exercises of short and longer texts

Multiple-choice style questions

Externally assessed


Paper 3: Speaking 10-15 minutes / 40 marks (25%)

Candidates take part in an interview, short talk, and discussion

Internally assessed and externally moderated


EAL Support

This is not a GCSE course. This is a support class for students who speak English as an additional language and have not studied another foreign langage. On this course, students will have an opportunity to improve their English language skills and if they wish to, they can prepare for a Cambridge ESOL examination.


View all Tweets