Secondary English as a Second Language

Developing skills in a second language

The subject is for children who have not previously been taught in English and whose English is at a basic level. For those who have a working knowledge of English we recommend first language English. If you are in any doubt as to the most suitable course for your child we can offer a test at no charge to help you decide.

At the end of Year 9 of Secondary English you will receive a report on your child’s progress.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

We offer a wide range of Lower Secondary courses.

Key topics covered

  • English grammar and punctuation targeted towards IGCSE progression.
  • Developing vocabulary and language awareness
  • Listening and comprehension.
  • Guided speaking practise
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing skills for a range of genres
  • Reading authentic texts

At the end of the course, subject to attainment, students progress either to IGCSE English First Language or IGCSE English as a Second Language.

The syllabus and hours of study

  • Our Secondary English as a Second Language homeschooling course assumes that your child has mastered the basics of English and can communicate simple, basic needs.
  • The course follows the Cambridge Lower Secondary English as a Second Language curriculum.
  • Allow for up to 4-5 hours per week of study time for your child to complete each year of Secondary English as a Second Langauge plus additional time for completing assignments.
  • We find that most children can complete the course in 9 months.

Course samples

Course Fees

The fee for Secondary English as a Second Language is £610 via instalments. There is a discount of 5% for payment in full reducing the fee to £580. Read more about our fees and discounts, see what our fees include or use our fee calculator to find out the total cost of the courses you select. If you’re not delighted with your course, let us know within 45 days and we’ll refund your course fee (less the cost of the books).

Tarun has been doing Year 7 and 8 English, Maths and Science with Wolsey Hall. He is enjoying his courses and loves the flexibility the whole homeschooling program brings. He is able to plan his learning at his own pace, and plan his day well to accommodate his other interests of playing the Violin and Piano, reading and playing games. The online material in terms of textbooks, videos, the course plan and support from his tutors is helping him get past his studies with ease. During the peak Covid times when amazon deliveries were stopped the online virtual library of Wolsey was a boon to him as he loves to read.
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Deepali Patel, Secondary Parent