GCSE English Language

Examination Board – (IGCSE) 8705 (current Year 11)

The Certificate in English Language provides a rigorous summative assessment of students’ skills and abilities. Students’ reading and writing skills are developed and enhanced throughout the course, leading to a final summative assessment. The scheme of assessment is linear with an option of Foundation or Higher tiers.

  • Speaking and Listening – one presentation/discussion task
  • Paper 1 – written paper
  • Paper 2 – optional written paper or
  • Coursework Project

This specification is available for assessment in January and June. There are no previous learning requirements.

Speaking and Listening – presentation/discussion task

10% of the English Language assessment
40 marks


Paper 1

50% of the English Language assessment
2 hours – 50 marks


Optional paper / project

Either written paper (2 hours) or coursework project

40% of the English Language assessment
54 marks