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GCSE English as a Second Language

International students have the option to study the Cambridge International GCSE in English as a Second Language as an alternative to the iGCSE First Language English.

The Cambridge course develops language skills necessary for effective academic study and provides opportunities 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.

Students are expected to have a B1 level of English at the beginning of the course.

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


EAL support class

St Edmund’s also offers an EAL Support Class for students who speak English as an additional language, who do not study another foreign langage. In this class, students improve their English language skills and have the option to prepare for a Cambridge ESOL examination.


Course structure

All candidates take three components and are 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 – 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.