The Level 2 Certificate in First Language English (IGCSE) is an exciting course which offers you the opportunity to develop the Level 2 literacy skills that are essential for further study or employment. It is particularly designed for students who have not attempted the GCSE Certificate before. The course uses a varied selection of materials suitable for learners aged 16 or over and aims to help you to improve your communication skills. The Level 2 Certificate in First Language English (IGCSE) is equivalent to GCSE English.
You will follow the CIE Level 2 Certificate in First Language English – IGCSE syllabus, which will introduce you to a wide range of literary and non-literary materials. The aims of the course are to develop your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. The course can be taken at core level or extended level. Throughout the course, you will undertake exercises in:
Reading literary and non-literary texts
Speaking and Listening activities: individual, pair-based & group
Teaching methods include tutor-led sessions, tutorials and discussions, plus individual, paired and group tasks. The College also has its own dedicated e-learning site that students can access in and out of college.
Minimum entry requirements
If you have attained a grade D previously you will be encouraged to retake your GCSE over one year. If you have not attempted a level 2 qualification before, you will be encouraged to take a Level 2 Certificate in Functional Skills English in year one and GCSE in year two. Entry to the IGCSE exams is at the end of the year and is dependent upon completion of a Speaking and Listening Coursework portfolio and excellent attendance.
How will I be assessed?
A recorded Speaking and Listening coursework portfolio constitutes 20% of your total grade. This portfolio is completed during the first two terms of the course and is assessed by your course tutor. In addition, 80% of your final grade is made up of two written examinations, which are taken at the end of the year and include reading and writing tasks. Your examinations are assessed by external examiners.
Information & support
You will be a member of a group of students meeting for a number of lessons each week. You will read and study a range of literary and non-literary texts; plan and work on speaking and listening course work; and receive help and guidance to develop your communication skills. The College encourages students to be responsible for their own work. Guidance and support materials will be provided for you where appropriate, but you will be expected to provide your own folders and stationery.
What can I do with this qualification?
A* ~ C grades in English show that you possess the vital written and oral skills that will help you move on to a more advanced course or employment opportunities. A Level 2 qualification in English is an essential for many kinds of employment, usually at grade C or above. It is also a requirement for most further education courses, including A Level. Many students go on to study A level and BTEC courses at the College.
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