Highgrove Education

International GCSE English language

Do you have a passion for words and the power of language? An International GCSE in English Language is your ticket to becoming a proficient communicator. Through a captivating curriculum, you’ll explore a wide range of texts, from thought-provoking non-fiction to imaginative poetry and prose. Reading, writing, and understanding language becomes a breeze as you sharpen your critical thinking and analytical skills. This qualification not only nurtures your creative abilities but also hones your command of grammar and punctuation. Join us to unlock the world of words and become a confident, expressive, and influential writer. Your journey to linguistic excellence starts here.

GCSE English Lang

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational GCSE English Language
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableNovember and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length2 years
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons (including allocated reading time), 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons (including allocated reading time), 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
Unit 1: Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing
  • Non-fiction texts – study and analyse selections from a range of non-fiction texts.
  • Transactional Writing – explore and develop transactional writing skills.
Unit 2: Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing
  • Poetry and Prose Texts – study and analyse selections from a range of fictional poetry and prose texts.
  • Imaginative Writing – explore and develop imaginative writing skills.

Set texts are taken from the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE English Language A Modular Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for English

International Modular GCSE

Paper 1Non-fiction Texts and Transactional Writing (135 minutes). 60% of the total International GCSE.
Paper 2Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing (90 minutes). 40% of the total International GCSE.


English Language is one of our compulsory subjects for full time students, alongside Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English Literature. Pupils gaining a 7 or above in GCSE English Language will be eligible to study subjects with an essay-writing requirement at A level.

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: