English Language (IGCSE) (8705)

We have carefully considered the future of our Level 1/2 Certificates (IGCSEs) in the light of government changes to GCSEs and have decided not to develop a new L1/2 Certificate in English Language.

The last exams for students taking the current qualifications will be in the June 2016 series, with a final re-sit opportunity in November 2016.

As an alternative, you may like to consider our new GCSE in English Language which is accredited for first teaching in September 2015 and is equal to the best qualifications available internationally.

Find out more about these changes and which qualifications we are planning to offer in the future. You can also contact the customer support team on the details below.

Our Level 1/2 Certificate in English Language (IGCSE) combines freedom of choice in approaches to teaching and learning and a rigorous assessment of students' skills. It also gives students a Level 1/2 qualification equivalent to GCSE.

This qualification counts as the English measure in school performance tables from 2014 when taken with any English Literature GCSE or IGCSE. The specification complements the AQA Certificate in English Literature (IGCSE).

This specification enables students to develop specific skills in:

  • inference
  • exploration
  • language analysis
  • deduction

More general skills like selection, synthesis and organisation are also included in the course.

All students can engage with the texts due to the stepped approach to reading in the foundation papers.

IGCSE is the registered trade mark of University of Cambridge International Examinations.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Codes and references

Qualification type AQA Certificate (IGCSE)
Specification title English Language (IGCSE)
Specification code 8705
QAN codes 60019992
Guided Learning Hours 120-140

Talk to us

Aleya Khatun

Aleya Khatun and the customer support team.
Tel: 0161 953 7504
Email: English-GCSE@aqa.org.uk