LRN International GCSE English Language (2031)

The LRN International GCSE English Language curriculum is designed to enable candidates from diverse backgrounds to demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate in English.

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oral and aural exam, Written exam papers

Guided Learning Hours


What you'll learn


This document provides a comprehensive overview of the LRN International GCSE English Language curriculum. It serves as a valuable resource for various stakeholders, including candidates, educational centers, administrators, employers, parents/guardians, teachers, and examiners. The specification outlines essential features and administrative procedures associated with this international qualification.


The LRN International GCSE English Language curriculum is designed to enable international candidates to effectively communicate in English. The qualification assesses candidates’ abilities in speaking, listening, writing, and reading, with a focus on grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Mode of Delivery

This qualification is designed to be delivered within educational centers. To receive accreditation, centers must demonstrate to LRN that they possess the necessary resources, facilities, and competencies. Additionally, centers must meet LRN’s criteria for capability, capacity, and resources, including having suitably qualified staff.


The LRN International GCSE English Language curriculum accommodates candidates with diverse backgrounds, education levels, and career aspirations. Depending on the level of qualification achieved, candidates may progress to:

       A similar Level 2 qualification in English Language;

       LRN Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Pre-A Foundation Studies;

       A higher level of any qualification – e.g., A-Level, Diploma;

       National or Vocationally Related Qualifications.

Breakdown of Assessment Objectives

AO1 – Writing:

       Write effectively for various purposes and audiences while creating an impact;

       Produce diverse texts to accurately convey opinions and thoughts;

       Use language creatively, imaginatively, and persuasively;

       Utilize a range of vocabulary and sentence structures with accurate spelling and punctuation for clarity, purpose, and effect.

AO2 – Reading:

       Read for various purposes, including critical reading with deep understanding and comprehension;

       Read diverse texts to determine explicit information;

       Read different texts to infer implicit information;

       Analyze and evaluate writers’ thoughts and views through reading.

AO3 – Listening:

       Listen and select relevant, specific information;

       Infer meaning, gist, and purpose from listening;

       Recognize connections between attitudes, ideas, and opinions.

AO4 – Speaking:

       Develop responses and connect ideas using appropriate linking devices;

       Communicate ideas, information, and opinions accurately, clearly, and effectively;

       Use a variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary accurately and effectively while maintaining proper intonation and pronunciation patterns;

       Actively and effectively engage in conversations to move them forward.


The assessment for this qualification consists of (i) written exam papers, (ii) development of written material (report, article, and letter), and (iii) oral and aural exams, set and marked by LRN.

Guided Learning Hours

The guided learning hours (GLH) for this qualification are 130. Please note that the hours stated are indicative.


       Exam series are offered in:

       January (results released in March);

       June (results released in August);

       November (results released in January).


Candidates can re-take the entire qualification as often as desired. However, individual components cannot be re-taken, as this is a traditional linear specification. Note that a single entry per qualification is sufficient and covers all question papers, including certification.