GCSE & IGCSE
GCSE & IGCSE - Distance Learning Courses
Most of the world ’s countries recognize grade s 10 to 12 at school level as the general secondary school level . Within the UK it is known as the General Certificate of Secondary Education , most commonly abbreviated to GCSE . Generally taught over 2 academic years, GCSEs allow students to progress onto further qualifications such as A-Levels and eventually higher education opportunities.
IGCSEs are a n equivalent qualification to the GCSE and are offered by private schools in the UK and by British international schools across the world . The International GCSE is often referred to as an IGCSE. Although the syllabus for GCSE and IGCSE courses are rarely differs significantly, there is one major distinction.
1- The IGCSE qualification marks come 100% from the final exams with no practical activities
2- The GCSE has a number of practical activities that students must complete (mandatory) but they don't count towards their exams marks or qualification
Due to the requirements of point 2 above, the distance-learning students have less degree of flexibility when it comes to studying GCSE as they must use maximum effort from day one to ensure good marks are awarded. On the other hand, studying an online IGCSE allows a much higher level of flexibility.
In all cases, studying GCSE or IGCSE with OBA online offers a great flexibility and maximum benegit to distance-learning students due to the fact that all our courses are taught through a range of online video tutorials, simulations and interactivities that cover all the syllabus, in addition to the online live classes which all allow students greater flexibility to study when suit them, fitting their education around their other commitments.
What can you do with the GCSE or IGCSE Qualifications?
The GCSE or IGCSE qualifications are a great stepping stone to further education but can also open doors to entry-level job opportunities and apprenticeships. Gaining qualifications, in a minimum of five subjects at GCSE or IGCSE level, would allow you to progress onto A Level or International A Level qualifications. A-Levels are the British advanced secondary level qualifications which pave the way for direct entry to the first year of an undergraduate course.
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Choosing the Right GCSE or IGCSE Course for You
Choosing the right GCSE or IGCSE courses is crucial to your educational journey. If you plan to work towards an International A Level on completion of your IGCSE courses, subject selections are slightly less important. If you plan to apply for a foundation year course at university, subjects chosen should be as closely related to your desired course as possible. To be considered for direct entry to a foundation year, you will need a minimum of 5 IGCSE qualifications. At least 2 of these subjects should be connected to your degree subjects, you will also most likely need qualifications in maths and English.
For example, if you would like to study for a dentist ry degree , suitable subject choices would be biology and mathematics , in addition to three other subjects . Doing this will help to ensure you meet the admission criteria set out by most British universities
Due to this, choosing the right course for you all depends on what university degree you would like to study in the future. We have developed a handy document to help you choose the right courses for your future . For specific course entry details, our page on University Requirements allows you to select your desired university degree and institution. It will then give you the five subjects needed at IGCSE Level, in order to meet the university entry requirements.
Who are our GCSE & IGCSE Qualifications Issued By?
In many countries, secondary school general certificates are issued by the ministry of education. Within the UK the issuing of secondary school general certificates is carried out by independent organisations, known as awarding bodies. There are a number of awarding bodies active within the UK, two of which are Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge International.
The awarding body is not only responsible for issuing qualification but they also set the syllabus for courses, issue formal exams and grade completed exam papers. If studying in the traditional method, at a British secondary school, exams are therefore not set by the school itself, but by the awarding body.
This is also the case when completing a GCSE distance learning course, such as the ones offered by ourselves. The difference lies in the delivery of teaching. By studying with OBA, students are unrestricted in their learning time. They are able to use online resources at any time of day, to fit around their own schedule. They are also able to choose how many courses to study simultaneously. If you have limited time, completing one IGCSE program at a time may be a more appropriate option. For each International GCSE course completed, students will be issued with a certificate of qualification.
How Long it Will Take to Complete My GCSE or IGCSE Study?
The duration of any of our International GCSE courses is 16 months. Due to the nature of online learning however, students have the flexibility to finish the course earlier, if time allows. The more time resource students have available, the shorter the time required for completion. Each International GCSE course requires approximately 300 study hours per subject. You can estimate the time scale of completion using the scenarios outlined below.
Scenario 1: for a 16-month study plan, you would need to dedicate 5 hours a week per subject
These scenarios are just an estimate of the timescale required to complete a full IGCSE course. For each of the cases above we have also allowed for an 8 week revision period before the date of the final exam. This is something we strongly recommend in order to complete the necessary revision and practice exams, to ensure a good final mark. You should also take into account other factors such as the number of subjects you study concurrently, employment status and current English language skills in reading and writing when estimating the duration of your course.