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IGCSE English Language
Course Overview
This course is vital for anyone seeking to improve their qualifications, particularly for employment, returning to education or for moving onto further or higher education. The course will help students to express themselves better in writing and speaking and when analysing short texts.
Course Content

The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Writing to describe and explain
  • Writing to argue and persuade
  • Writing to analyse, review and comment
  • Writing creatively
  • Structuring writing
  • Improved spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • New and developing vocabulary
  • Structured speech
  • Writing and speaking from alternate perspectives


After completing this course learners should be able to:

  • Write in a variety of styles for a variety of purposes
  • Read, understand and respond to various types of writing
  • Be aware of the use of correct grammar and Standard English in appropriate contexts.


Learners are reminded that this is an academic course and they must allow time for private study and home assignments in addition to lectures. Learners must attend for a minimum of 90% to complete the course successfully.

Entry Requirements

Applicants over 19 years - approx GCSE English grade D standard;

Applicants 16-18 years - GCSE English grade D, a meeting with the lecturer is required as part of the enrolment procedure.

ESOL students must demonstrate appropriate competence in the use of English language. Students will need to have an interest in improving their ability in reading, writing and speaking. The level of exam entry will be decided in consultation with the lecturer. This is an academic, examination-based course; for which there is a substantial amount of compulsory coursework.

This course is free for learners who do not have GCSE A*-C.

Assessment is based upon one exam paper bearing 40% of the total marks; assignments written in college are worth 40% and three oral assessments are worth 20% altogether. Coursework will be completed in class time. If a learner misses one of these lessons, they will be required to attend another class to complete the assignment.
What does this course lead to?
Progression into a wide range of other courses including AS or A Levels, HE degrees and vocational/employment courses.
Equipment Required
Pens, paper, A4 ring binder with dividers.
How to Apply
Student Services: information@bcot.ac.uk Tel 01256 306484