This International GCSE is designed for students whose first language is not English, but who use English for their studies. The course will enable students of all abilities to develop the four essential language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking to support effective communication in their further study or career.
Students will read, understand and analyse a variety of texts, presented in different styles covering a range of topics, including factual and literary text. The course aims to develop students’ ability to write and communicate clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
Our ESL qualification recognises the importance students place on verbal communication in English, which is why 20% of the qualification focuses on the assessment of speaking skills via Non-Exam Assessment (NEA).
This qualification is now available for teaching in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
AO1 Reading: Understand and respond to written language
AO2 Writing: Communicate in writing
AO3 Listening: Understand and respond to spoken language
AO4 Speaking: Communicate and interact in speech
- Linear specification; individual components may not be re-sat.
- Candidates can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish
Identity and culture
- Me, my family and friends
- Technology in everyday life
- Free-time activities
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Home, town, neighbourhood and region
- Social issues
- Global issues
- Travel and tourism
Current and future study and employment
- My studies
- Life at school/college
- Education post-16
- Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Download the complete OxfordAQA International GCSE English as a Second Language specification (PDF, 414 KB).
Resources available with this specification
OxfordAQA provides the resources and advice you need to teach the International GCSE English as a Second Language specification effectively.
ESL taster webinar recordings
Watch a recording of our English as a Second Language taster webinar from November 2017 to understand our approach to the specification and assessment approach.
English as a Second Language recorded webinar
Scheme of Work
Plan your course with the help of a suggested pathway through the syllabus so you can be sure you are covering the essential content.
Teacher Guidance Document
Prepare for your year ahead by accessing the essential information you need to deliver the International GCSE English as a Second Language specification.
GCSE English as a Second Language ‘Prepare to Teach’ webinar recording
Watch a recording of our GCSE English as a Second Language Prepare to Teach webinar from 2017 to fully orient yourself with the specification and assessment requirements .
Specimen Papers and Mark Schemes
See how the International GCSE English as a Second Language specification will be assessed, so you can help your students prepare to sit their exams.
International GCSE Plus
Oxford AQA International GCSE English as a Second Language is available with International GCSE Plus. This is an optional endorsed component in which students can explore any aspect of English as a Second Language through a research-based piece of analytic work. Visit the International GCSE Plus page to learn more and access the accompanying resources.
Enhanced Results Analysis™ tool
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