Year 10 English Language & Literature

Head of Department: Mrs F E Beadnell –
Teacher of English: Mrs E E Beaty
Teacher of English: Mrs D L M Everall
Teacher of English: Mrs A M Gorman
Teacher of English: Miss C H J Sampson


IGCSE English Language develops the ability to comunicate clearly, accurately and effectively in both speech and writing. Students learn how to employ a wide-ranging vocabulary, use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, and develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. IGCSE English Language also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference and the ability to present information effectively.

Course/Examination Board: IGCSE Edexcel 4EOA

Specification at a glance

Paper 1:

Reading – unprepared passage

Writing to inform, explain and describe

(Two-hour-and-fifteen minute examination, externally marked)

Paper 2:

Reading – prepared passage from Edexcel Anthology

Writing to explore, imagine and entertain

Writing to argue, persuade and advise

(One-hour-and-thirty minute examination, externally marked)

What English can do for you
IGCSE English is varied, interesting and challenging. It ensures that abilities are stretched in all areas and that each student is able to achieve their potential in a subject which is an essential foundation in all careers.



The syllabus enables students to read, interpret and evaluate texts through the study of literature in English. They develop an understanding of literal meaning, relevant contexts and of the deeper themes or attitudes that may be expressed. Through their studies, students learn to recognise and appreciate the ways in which writers use English to achieve a range of effects, and will be able to present an informed, personal response to the material they have studied. The syllabus also encourages the exploration of wider and universal issues, promoting students’ understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

Course/Examination Board: IGCSE Edexcel 4TO

Specification at a glance

Paper 1:



(One-hour-forty-five-minute examination)

Paper 2:

Analysis of prose or poetry text

Critical response to Edexcel Anthology

(One-hour-thirty-minute examination)

What English Literature can do for you

Reading a range of stimulating texts allows students to develop their critical voice; a sensitive reader will become a sensitive, responsive writer who feels confident expressing opinions and interpretations. This is a useful skill in all walks of life.