AWE Club – English Language IGCSE Information

English Language IGCSE
Pearson Edexcel
Teacher – Julia

AWE Club - Online English Language IGCSE

Weekly 1 or 2 hours

Course Description

Classes will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students can attend one or both days depending on their requirements. Wednesdays will cover the Anthology for Edexcel IGCSE and Fridays will cover GCSE and IGCSE general skills. Please read full details below

The Edexcel IGCSE English Language Spec A (Code 4EA1) course is the most popular English exam course for Home Educators. Julia is an experienced teacher and has worked with many Home Educated students. She understands her students are all individuals and will endeavour to help them to get the best out of the course and aim for a successful outcome. She is used to students with anxiety and will gently encourage them and help to build their self-confidence.

We are happy to accommodate children’s preferences around webcams and microphone being on or off or similar needs. Exam practice and preparation are included. Lessons are not recorded due to Copyright laws.

This course is suitable for students intending to take the Edexcel IGCSE English Language Specification A examination (details below) or students, who would like extra help in English, but may take another IGCSE or GCSE. Students intending to take the Edexcel IGCSE must attend both the Wednesday and Friday classes for two years to cover the work. Other students may attend the skills course on Fridays only or the Wednesday Anthology skills class. The Spoken Language Endorsement (‘SLE’) is optional and not covered by this course.


The homework will be set after the lesson and will be posted on Zoom private chat. Completed homework must be submitted also via Zoom private chat before the following lesson in plenty of time to allow for marking. Late homework will not be marked.

Exams: Exam code 4EA1, SPEC A

There will be two final exams with no coursework requirement. Please check the booking cut-off date with your chosen exam centre.
Please note that if your child requires any special access requirements for their exams, I advise you to contact the exam centre a year before to check what the process is to meet your exam centre and the exam board requirements. It can take many months to make these arrangements. Julia does not provide predicted grades or marked teacher’s assessments as this is a final exam IGCSE course without coursework. Parents are responsible for booking at exams for their child and checking the exam centre requirements.

Discount Code

AWE HE Club is an Approved Learning Partner of T&E which entitles students to a discounted exam fee. They have a number of branches across the UK. Please contact Debbie for discount code.

During this course students will cover the following:
Read and understand a variety of texts, selecting and interpreting information, ideas and perspectives.
Understand and analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed.
Communicate effectively and imaginatively, adapting form, tone and register of writing for specific purposes and audiences.
Write clearly, using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures, with appropriate paragraphing and accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Classes will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays as follows:

Wednesday 3pm-4pm Anthology skills
Develop skills to analyse how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects.
Explore links and connections between writers’ ideas and perspectives
Examination question preparation

Friday 2.30pm-3.30pm English Language I/GCSE Skills
Develop skills to select and interpret information from texts.
Understand key terms and techniques used by writers.
Develop transactional writing skills (non-fiction writing) for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.
Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.
Vocabulary building.
Examination question preparation

Anthology texts at a glance:

The contemporary non-fiction texts from Part 1 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology
Part 1: Non-fiction Texts
From The Danger of a Single Story Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From A Passage to Africa George Alagiah
From The Explorer’s Daughter Kari Herbert
Explorers, or boys messing about?
Either way, taxpayer gets rescue bill Steven Morris
From 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place Aron Ralston
Young and dyslexic? You’ve got it going on Benjamin Zephaniah
From A Game of Polo with a Headless Goat Emma Levine
From Beyond the Sky and Earth: A Journey into Bhutan Jamie Zeppa
From H is for Hawk Helen Macdonald
From Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah


The poetry and prose texts from Part 2 of the Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Anthology

Part 2: Poetry and Prose Texts
Disabled Wilfred Owen
‘Out, Out–‘ Robert Frost
An Unknown Girl Moniza Alvi
The Bright Lights of Sarajevo Tony Harrison
Still I Rise Maya Angelou
The Story of an Hour Kate Chopin
The Necklace Guy de Maupassant
Significant Cigarettes (from The Road Home) Rose Tremain
Whistle and I’ll Come to You (from The Woman in Black) Susan Hill
Night Alice Munro

Specification to download is on this link:

Qualification aims and objectives (from Exam board website)

  • read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding
  • read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing
  • listen to and understand spoken language