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Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to:
Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
This syllabus builds on our 0522 First Language English syllabus, taken widely in the UK. It retains popular features such as assessment of all four language skills, a separate paper for Reading and Writing, and a focus on ‘real life’ examples to allow learners to develop skills needed for further study and employment.
Read our guide to administering 0500, 0522 and 0627 in the June 2017 exam series.
Administering Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0500, 0522 and 0627
From 2020 examination this syllabus will be replaced by syllabus 0990. This replacement syllabus will not be regulated by Ofqual.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
Cambridge IGCSE® (9–1) First Language English (0627) (for examination in June and November 2017, 2018 and 2019)
Speaking and Listening
Please note the following:
Grading and reporting
Centres should be aware that the Speaking and Listening test for the IGCSE (9–1) First Language English (0627) will be reported separately as an endorsed grade on the certificate. Candidates who satisfy the conditions for the Speaking and Listening Test will be awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction grades. These grades will be reported on the certificate.
Please note that ‘Unclassified’ indicates that the candidate’s performance fell short of the standard required for a Pass endorsement grade. ‘Unclassified’ will be reported on the statement of results but not on the certificate.
The letters Q (result pending) and X (no result) may also appear on the statement of results but not on the certificate.
Please note that the band descriptors remain unchanged. Grade thresholds will be decided for each examination series based on available evidence.
The cue card and (if used) illustrative material must be retained by Centres until six months after publication of results. The cue card and (if used) illustrative material must be labelled with the candidate’s name and number.
Next version of syllabus
A revised version of the syllabus will be forthcoming.