Study and analyse selections from a range of texts
Explore and develop transactional writing skills
Explore and develop discursive, narrative, and descriptive writing skills
Students will read a variety of high-quality, challenging texts, in preparation for responding to unseen extracts in the examination. They should be able to read substantial pieces of writing, including whole and extended texts that make significant demands in terms of content, structure and the quality of the language.
Throughout the qualification, students should develop the skills of interpretation and analysis. Text types studied should include a range of forms, such as fiction, poetry, journalism (for example articles and reviews), speeches, journals and reference book extracts. Text types should also include literary non-fiction texts, such as selections from autobiography, letters, obituaries and travel writing. These lists are not exhaustive.
Students will use what they have learned about different text types to feed into their transactional writing and to inspire and influence their own imaginative writing. They will be introduced to, and be given the opportunity to practise, a range of fiction and non-fiction writing techniques, planning and proofreading skills.
As part of your Online GCSE English 9-1 Course you will have the benefit of both Formative and Summative Assessment.
Formative Assessment does not count towards your final mark but is used to gauge your progress and performance. Use these assessments to practice your skills and to build confidence in the subject. You can take combinations of these assessments as many times as you like to continuously improve your grades. Formative Assessments include: Activities, Multiple Choice Assessment, Short Answer and Tutor Marked Mock Exams.
Summative Assessments do count towards your final grade. These are final exams which are held at one of thousand of exam centres across the country. See the Examination section below for more details.
Perhaps the most important asset provided as part of your Online GCSE English 9-1 Course is access to a dedicated academic tutor.
You will be assigned a dedicated tutor on enrolment who will support you throughout your studies and towards your final exams. You have access to your tutor for 12 months, if you need to extend support extensions are available.
Tutor support is delivered using Online Messaging function within CloudPort, ensuring you get the support you need when you need it.
Exams for the Edexcel IGCSE English 9-1 syllabus (Specification B) (4EB1) are held twice a year: January and May/June. Exam timetables are published 12 months in advance and are available upon request.
Get the lowdown on the new 9-1 grading system by watching this short video published by the awarding body:
Click here to locate your nearest examination centre.
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Our digital materials are hosted on our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) CloudPort and are accessible on all digital devices, so you can study where and when you want.
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All content, formative assessment and tutorial support is available online for your learning convenience.