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Cambridge IGCSE


Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 – 19 year olds. About CIE CIE – University of Cambridge International Examinations – is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14 – 19 year olds. a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment. . enter for CIE examinations every year. in over 150 countries.5 million students. Over 1.

and Assessment Research Division and an ability to work independently and shares examiners with its linked International reach as part of a team. evidence of proficiency in English. The Cambridge IGCSE English as a Cambridge IGCSE is internationally syllabuses use international examples Second Language at Grade C or recognised by universities in the and avoid terminology only used above is recognised by almost all UK UK and overseas as equivalent in the UK. Non-native speakers of universities – and many in the USA. . Students must syllabuses is benchmarked to UK not only with knowledge of specific confirm entry requirements with the GCSE.cie. CIE runs regular comparability subjects. Created by CIE in 1985. and based on best practice in the and it is recognised by the British The standard of the Cambridge IGCSE UK. checks through the Cambridge solving and critical thinking skills. countries and suits both national and Recognition international teaching contexts. It equips students Academic Canada and Australia – as evidence of General Certificate of Secondary recognition. grade-for-grade to UK GCSE English are treated fairly. but also with problem university of their Cambridge IGCSE is available in Association of Lecturers in English for First Language English and Literature over 70 subjects. International Baccalaureate Diploma. study. It is included in UCAS’s list of international qualification for 14 – 16 for Cambridge Pre-U and for the qualifications that are acceptable as year olds. Cambridge IGCSE is an English proficiency for undergraduate Education) is the world’s most popular excellent preparation for A/AS Level.learn more at www.Cambridge IGCSE Cambridge IGCSE (International . organisation OCR to make sure Cambridge IGCSE is taken in 125 standards are the same.

Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses encourage students to improve their language skills and appreciation of literature .

Exams take place in May/June and • want to continue their studies The suite offers two language October/November. Literature is assessed in a marks in coursework options if re- separate syllabus. Language and IGCSE Literature (English) .First Language English session do not carry over to the next. A Level. ability to understand and respond Language appropriately and confidently to what • IGCSE English as a Second they read.for example. and help them explore year foundation for students who: wider areas of human concern. • need a literature or language qualification (or both) to Students do not have to take both complement other subjects they Language and Literature syllabuses With or without coursework are studying . Results in one at a higher level (including AS or qualifications . They develop students’ • IGCSE English as a Second Language. however.The Cambridge IGCSE English suite Cambridge IGCSE English The syllabuses help students’ personal Two exam sessions every qualifications provide an excellent development. taking the exam. they can take: Teachers can choose between • need a final qualification in English 100% written terminal exam or • IGCSE First Language English exam+coursework options in both language or literature (or both). hear and experience. • IGCSE First Language English and Cambridge IGCSE First Language Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses IGCSE Literature (English) English and Literature (English) encourage students to improve their syllabuses. carry forward International Baccalaureate) (E2L). Cambridge Pre-U and and English as a Second Language Students can. see. There is no written • IGCSE Literature (English) language skills and appreciation of coursework in English as a Second literature.

and students will learn to recorded on the exam certificate. and to demonstrate only students are eligible for not expect ‘British English’. Students can change exam. Core curriculum- world. skills. a sense of style and an awareness of grades C through to G. spelling to their progress. part of the assessment. Extended audience. read and experience. correct grammar. speakers and does not affect the grade given for the curriculum thinkers.Cambridge IGCSE First Language English Cambridge IGCSE First Language Speaking and listening is an optional English develops successful readers. Performance Core and Extended writers. Teachers can also stretch their understand and respond to what students with an Extended Cambridge IGCSE is an international they hear. Examiners and moderators do and punctuation. It curriculum. The emphasis is on language rest of the exam. taken by students from encourages students to use relevant level during the course according English-speaking countries across the vocabulary. listeners. . curriculum students are eligible for grades A* through to E. although the mark is Students follow a Core curriculum.

Performance does not affect the grade given for others the other components of the exam. punctuation and spelling Paper 4 Coursework Three assignments (approx – 50% Portfolio 500-800 words each) engaging with a range of Speaking and Listening (assessment functions. Communicating clearly and fluently Using language and register appropriate to audience and context Optional oral component Listening and responding This is assessed by the teacher. Making accurate and effective use of paragraphs. paraphrasing. pair-based and group) devised and & Listening assessed during the course Coursework . OR sentences. linked by theme. ideas Paper 3 Directed Writing One directed writing task 2 hours 50% and opinions & Composition based on a stimulus printed Understanding and using a range of on the exam paper. moderated by CIE and certificated separately appropriately to the contributions of on a scale of 1 (high) to 5 (low). 2010) Reading Understanding and collating explicit Title Brief description Exam duration Weighting meanings Paper 1 Reading Questions relating to one 1 hour 45 mins 50% Understanding. ideas and opinions CIE.Syllabus content Assessment (examination in 2008. 2009. Assessed by teacher and moderated by Presenting facts. and one appropriate vocabulary composition task chosen Using language and register from a range of narrative/ appropriate to audience and context discursive/descriptive options. felt and imagined Ordering and presenting facts. grammatical structures. of (Extended Tier) approx 600-700 words each printed on question paper Writing (includes summary exercise) Articulating experience and expressing AND what is thought. explaining and Passage passage of approx 750 words collating implicit meanings (Core Tier) printed on question paper (includes summary exercise) Summarising. Paper 5 Speaking & Individual task (eg a presentation/talk) followed by a Listening discussion (approx 10 minutes in all) OR Paper 6 Speaking Three tasks (individual. re- expressing OR Understanding how writers achieve effects Paper 2 Reading Questions relating to two 2 hours 50% Passages passages. purposes and optional) audiences.

It develops ability to level during the course according to Employing and controlling a variety of use English effectively in a variety their progress. Reading speakers. understanding and distinguishing between facts. Writing Students follow a Core curriculum.Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Cambridge IGCSE English as a English and non-English speaking Syllabus content Second Language is designed for countries – ‘British English’ is not students who are not native English expected. Canada and Australia Inferring information from texts (Extended – as evidence of English proficiency only) Core and Extended for undergraduate study in an English- curriculum speaking institution. through to E. Extended curriculum vocabulary employment in an environment where students are eligible for grades A* Observing conventions of paragraphing. opinions many in the US. Core curriculum-only grammatical structures of contexts and provides a sound students are eligible for grades C Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of a range of appropriate language base for further study. or for through to G. English is used. The syllabus assesses students’ Teachers can also stretch their Communicating clearly. reading and listening curriculum. Students can change opinions effectively and speaking. accurately and appropriately ability to use English to communicate students with an Extended Conveying information and expressing in writing. Performance in the oral Selecting and organising material relevant A pass at grade C or above (with A* test is recorded separately on the final to specific purposes being the highest grade) is recognised certificate on a scale of 1(high) to 5 Recognising. assessment. but who need English to Understanding and responding to A compulsory speaking and improve their educational or career information presented in a variety of listening test also forms part of the forms prospects. punctuation and spelling Employing appropriate register and style Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language is an international exam and students come from . ideas and by almost all UK universities – and by (low).

understanding and OR distinguishing between facts. Assessment (examination in 2008. 2010) Listening Exam duration Weighting Understanding and responding to Paper 1 1 hour 30 minutes 70% information presented in a variety of Reading and Writing (Core) forms Recognising. accurately and Paper 4 Approx. 10-12 mins Separately endorsed Demonstrating knowledge of a range of Oral appropriate vocabulary Engaging in and influencing the direction OR of conversation Component 6 n/a Separately endorsed Employing suitable pronunciation and Oral (Coursework assessment) stress patterns . ideas and Paper 2 2 hours 70% opinions Reading and Writing (Extended) Selecting and organising material relevant to specific purposes Inferring information from texts (Extended AND EITHER only) Paper 3 Approx. 2009. 30-40 mins 30% Listening (Core) Speaking OR Communicating clearly. 45 mins 30% appropriately Listening (Extended) Conveying information and expressing opinions effectively AND EITHER Employing and controlling a variety of grammatical structures Component 5 Approx.

and communicate their Assessment – three options personal response to the texts (examination in 2008. (Shakespeare is optional) and poetry contained in this brochure. In 2010 this option becomes: 2010 Paper 4: Set Texts – Closed Books 2 hours 15 mins 75% Paper 5: Set Texts – Closed Books 45 mins 25% . form. 2009. Students also consider the contribution English literature has Component Duration Weighting made to our wider understanding. as well as externally moderated by CIE coursework and unseen options. 2010) studied. They develop Responding to unseen poetry and prose texts (optional) their ability to appreciate the different ways in which writers achieve their effects. Paper 1: Set Texts – Open Books 2 hours 15 mins 70% ‘Open book’ and ‘closed book’ Paper 2: Coursework Assessed by the Centre.Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English) Students following the Cambridge Syllabus content IGCSE Literature (English) course will learn to enjoy the experience of Studying set texts drawn from the three Gaining detailed knowledge of the content reading literature by interpreting and main forms of literature: of texts evaluating English literary texts from • prose Understanding meanings of literary texts • poetry and their contexts different periods and from different • drama Exploring texts beyond surface meanings cultures. 30% examinations are available. attitudes Students study prose. to show deeper awareness of ideas and Details of the set texts are in the syllabus. characterisation through a range of set texts written Empathetic response work (optional) originally in English. drama You can find the syllabus on the CD Appreciating writers’ use of language. OR Paper 1: Set Texts – Open Books 2 hours 15 mins 70% Paper 3: Unseen 1 hour 20 mins 30% OR 2008 and 2009 Paper 4: Set Texts – Closed Books 2 hours 40 mins 100% The Paper 4 only option exists only in 2008 and 2009. structure.

What curriculum pathways are possible with Cambridge IGCSE English syllabuses? Pathway Age 11–14 Age 14–15 Age 15–16 Post 16 Cambridge International Curriculum A Cambridge Lower IGCSE First Language English No further English study Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint B Cambridge Lower IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE International A/AS Level Literature in Secondary Programme Literature (English) English or Cambridge Checkpoint C Cambridge Lower IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE Cambridge Pre-U English Secondary Programme Literature (English) or Cambridge Checkpoint D Cambridge Lower IGCSE English as a Second Language No further English study Secondary Programme or Cambridge Checkpoint E Cambridge Lower IGCSE English as a Second Language and IGCSE International A/AS Level Literature in Secondary Programme Literature (English) English or Cambridge Checkpoint Other international and national programmes F UK KS3 IGCSE First Language English No further English study G UK KS3 IGCSE First Language English and IGCSE A/AS Level in English Language and Literature (English) Literature Cambridge Pre-U English H IB Middle Years Programme IB Middle Years Programme. AS Level curriculum Literature and IGCSE English as a Second English Language and AS English Language Language & Literature . IGCSE English AS/A Level English Literature. culminating in IGCSE IB Diploma First Language English I India: local curriculum IGCSE First Language English or IGCSE English as Local curriculum + 2 qualifications in a Second Language English IGCSE Literature (English) J USA: local curriculum IGCSE First Language English US Advanced Placement tests K New Zealand: local IGCSE First Language English.

You may find it useful to refer to question papers. government bodies and many other interested parties. parents. . Cambridge IGCSE is benchmarked to UK GCSE and recognised by universities in the UK and worldwide as equivalent grade-for-grade to UK GCSE. examiner reports and exemplar student answers at particular grades – all available on the CD in the back of this brochure.Standards Standards are of great interest and keenly debated among teachers. mark schemes.

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