International Schools Group (ISG)

Curriculum

English

English Language - IGCSE

In Years 10 and 11, English Language is a compulsory subject.  The two year course follows a scheme of study provided by the Edexcel London Examination Board.

There are two examinations at the end of Year 11, depending on whether the student is following the Foundation or Higher Tier:

Foundation Tier candidates (grades C-G) take Paper 1, which carries a weighting of 70% and lasts 2 hours.

Higher Tier candidates (grades A*-G) take Paper 2, which carries a weighting of 70% and lasts 2 hours.

Both Foundation and Higher Tier candidates take Paper 3, (grades A*-G) which has a weighting of 30% and lasts 1½ hours.

Papers 1 and 2 each contain three questions:

  • Reading: One question to test understanding of an unprepared reading passage
  • Reading: One question to test understanding of a non-fiction passage from the anthology produced by Edexcel.
  • Writing: One question to test writing to inform, explain, describe.

Paper 3 contains two questions:

  • Reading: One question to test understanding of the literature section of the anthology provided by Edexcel.
  • Writing: One question from a choice of tasks to test writing to explore, imagine, entertain; and writing to argue, persuade, advise.

 

English Literature - IGCSE

In Years 10 and 11, English Literature is a compulsory subject. The two-year course follows a scheme of study provided by the Edexcel London Examination Board.

The scheme of assessment consists of a single tier targeted at the full range of achievement, from grade A* - G.

There are two examination papers at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 carries a weighting of 60% and lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. There are two sections and one question should be answered from each on the relevant books studied.

  • Section 1: Drama text
  • Section 2: Novel

This is a closed book examination.

Paper 2 carries a weighting of 40% and lasts 1 hour 30 minutes. There are two sections and one question should be answered from each.

  • Section 1: write a critical essay on an unseen poem or a piece of prose.
  • Section 2: write a critical essay on two poems chosen from the Poetry Anthology studied.

A copy of the Poetry Anthology will be provided by Edexcel for use during the examination. Students for examination in 2012 and 2013 will study the following texts:

Novel

  • Either – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Or – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Drama text

  • Either – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Or – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Poetry

A selection of poetry is provided by the Edexcel examination board.