O Levels English (1123)

Cambridge O Level English Language offers candidates the opportunity to respond with understanding to a rich array of reading texts during the course as a whole. Candidates will use these texts to inform and inspire their own writing, and write in a range of text types for different purposes and audiences.
The reading texts cover a range of genres and types, including fiction and non-fiction, and may also include other forms of writing, such as essays, reviews and articles.

The syllabus is aims to enables students to:

read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding, enjoying and appreciating a variety of language

  • read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write accurately and effectively, using standard English appropriately
  • work with information and with ideas in language by developing skills of evaluation, analysis, use and inference
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions.


All candidates are expected to take two components- paper 1 and 2. Candidates will be eligible for grades A* to E

Paper 1

  • 2 hours
  • Reading 50%
  • 50 marks
  • Structured and extended writing questions
  • Questions are based on two reading texts
  • Externally assessed

Paper 2

  • 2 hours
  • Writing 50%
  • 50 marks
  • Directed writing question and a composition task
  • Externally assessed

Main Areas

Paper 1- Reading

Paper 2- Writing

Past Papers