Online English Language O-Level Cambridge (CIE) – International students only E-Book

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O-Level English Language will widen your vocabulary and improve your punctuation and spelling as well as your grammar. You will work with literary and non-literary material as well as contemporary media.

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O-Level English Language Online Course

Course code: 1123

Delivery method: Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: Cambridge CIE O Level English Language

Awarding body: CIE

Our O-Level English Language Online Course will widen your vocabulary and improve your punctuation and spelling as well as your grasp of grammar. You will work with literary and non-literary material as well as contemporary media. You will learn how to use written English in everything from creative writing to structuring reports.

This course is ideal if you want to study English at A Level, perhaps even with a view to higher education. Cambridge O Level English Language is accepted by universities and employers as proof of linguistic ability
and understanding. The Cambridge O Level English Language syllabus encourages students to develop
lifelong skills, including:
• the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively
• the use of a wide range of vocabulary and correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
• a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

This is the E-book version of the course with the full course content and quizzes, but without tutor support or Tutor Marked Assessment (TMA) marking. If you would like to add tutor support onto your course, please contact us as this can be added on for just £35 per course if you are already a student with us.

CIE O Level English Language course

English course overview

Upon successful completion of the 2 exams (as administered by Cambridge CIE), you will have achieved an internationally recognised CIE O Level English Language qualification.

Skills gained

  • Reading a wide range of material including everything from literary material to current media.
  • Appreciating the English language and using it for learning and enjoyment.
  • Use English to develop narrative, creative writing, making reports and developing a critical view of the quality of written expression.

Course outline

This course is divided into 2 units:

Unit 1: Writing – Directed and Creative

Unit 2: Reading – Reading for Ideas and Meaning

Exam Availability: June & November

Written examination

Paper 1 – 1 hour 30 minutes – 60 marks – 50% of assessment

Paper 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50 marks – 50% of assessment

You will also sit:

Formative Assessment: Activities, multiple choice assessments, short answer and tutor marked mock exam (based on recent CIE past papers)

Summative Assessment: Final exam sat over 2 papers


Paper 1: Writing
1 hour 30 minutes, 60 marks
This paper has two sections and candidates answer on a separate answer sheet.

Section 1: Directed Writing (30 marks)
• Candidates are presented with a task, e.g. write a letter, speech, report, article, fit for purpose and
relevant to the world of study, work or the community.
• Candidates should write 200–300 words to inform or persuade a particular audience.
• 15 marks are allocated for task fulfilment and 15 marks for language.

Section 2: Creative Writing (30 marks)
• This is an essay, testing language and content combined.
• Candidates answer one question from a choice of five narrative/descriptive/argumentative essay titles
and should write 350–500 words.


Paper 2: Reading
1 hour 45 minutes, 50 marks
This paper has two sections and candidates answer on the question paper.

Section 1: Reading for Ideas (25 marks)
• Candidates scan a factual communication (or communications) of approximately 700 words – e.g.
report(s), article(s), advertisement(s), email(s), letter(s).
• They identify and note down required information – e.g. similarities and differences, or causes and
effects, or advantages and disadvantages, or problems and solutions, or actions and consequences.
Only one example content point will be given as guidance to candidates.
• 15 marks are allocated for content points.
• Candidates use these notes to write a summary of 160 words. 5 marks are allocated for language.
• Candidates then answer questions on the main ideas in the communication(s) – e.g. follow an
argument/sequence or identify a conclusion, distinguish fact from opinion, give a personal response to a
theme in the passage.
• These will be short answer questions worth 5 marks.

Section 2: Reading for Meaning (25 marks)
• Candidates read a narrative passage (e.g. report, article, story) of approximately 700 words.
• They then answer short answer questions testing their ability to understand the language (both explicit
and implicit meanings)

Course content

The Task aspect of Paper 1 is Directed Writing, where communication of key information in a range of text
types is required to achieve a specific purpose for a certain audience in a particular situation. Task fulfilment
and language are tested in Section 1 and are given equal weighting in terms of marks. Language (as well
as content) is tested in the Composition section, where candidates have an opportunity to display their
English language skills in order to express their opinion, experience or imagination in a range of discourse
types: descriptive, argumentative or narrative.

The Task aspect of Paper 2 is Reading for Ideas, where, for example, scanning for and summarising
specific information is required to achieve and convey a global understanding of a text. The focus of
assessment for the summary is Task Fulfilment: the inclusion of only relevant ideas and the coherence of
the writing. Language is tested in the Reading for Meaning section, where there is a greater demand for
English language skills in order to demonstrate more in-depth understanding of a text, including literal and
implied meaning, deducing meaning of vocabulary from context, and writer’s craft.


The Cambridge CIE O-Level English Language qualification is gained once the 2 exam papers are successfully completed. These exams are administered by CIE and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments.

Method of study


The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

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