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GCSE & IGCSE
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Most of the world countries recognise grade 10 to 12 at school level as the general secondary school level, while in the UK it is called the General Certificate of Secondary Education and it is abbreviated as GCSE and it is usually taught over two academic years. An equivalent qualification is offered by private schools in the UK and by the British international schools across the world called the International GCSE, also called IGCSE. The difference in the syllabus between the GCSE and IGCSE is not significant but the major distinction is as shown below:
1- The IGCSE qualification marks come 100% from the final exams
2- The GCSE marks for the qualifications are built up from two components; the first components of the marks comes from the coursework, oral and practical assessment done during the year by the students while the second component of marks comes from the final exams, therefore, no much flexibility as students have to work seriously towards each mark right from day one of their study while IGCSE students have much more flexibility with studying anytime in the year since they have a single exam set that holds 100% of the total marks of the qualification
Where the GCSE or IGCSE Can take me?
Studying and gaining the qualifications in five subjects at IGCSE level would provide you with the opportunity for direct entry to university foundation-year in most of the British universities. Alternatively, you would be able to progress with your study to either A-level or International A-level which is the British advanced secondary level which pave the way for direct entry to university first-year. Please refer to the diagram below for an example
How Many GCSE or IGCSE Subjects I need to Study?
If your plan is to join British universities for direct entry to university foundation-year then most likely you would need to study five subjects from which at least two of them should be related to the university degree you would like to study e.g. if you would like to study dentist degree then you are likely need to study IGCSE in biology and mathematics in addition to any suitable three subjects in order to meet the admission criteria of most British universities
An Example for Possible Progression from GCSE or IGCSE to University Foundation-Year
Which GCSE & IGCSE Subjects I need to Study with OBA?
It is all depends on what university degree you would like to study in the future. To know how simply visit our website page "Choosing the Right Course to Study" found in the home page under the “About IGCSE & A-levels” then read it thoroughly to understand what the best way is to select the IGCSE subjects then visit our other website page called webpage "University Requirements" to select the university degree you would like to study in the future then check what are the five subjects universities need you to have in order to accept you to study with them
Who Issues the GCSE or IGCSE Qualification to Students?
In most of the world countries issuing the secondary school general certificate is the responsibility of the ministry of education, however, in the UK the case is different as this task is carried by organsiations called “awarding body” such as Pearson-Edexcel, Cambridge International and more. The responsibility of the awarding-body is to set the syllabus of all school levels including the secondary level and to issue the formal exams, send them to the schools, then collect them from schools to mark the students exams answers and finally to issue the students mark scripts and qualification for each subject. That means if you study with any British secondary school they would teach you the syllabus but they are not the one who set your formal exams or issue you your formal qualification but it is the awarding body
How Many GCSE or IGCSE Certificates I receive if I studied Five Subjects?
Unlike most of the worlds’ countries who issue a single secondary school certificate that includes the marks of all the subjects studied by the student, the British secondary qualifications work in different way. As a matter of fact, for every International GCSE subject you study and examined with you receive an individual qualification. For example, if you study IGCSE in maths and physics then you will receive two individual qualifications; one for maths and another for physics. This gives more opportunities and flexibility to the students to study a certain number of IGCSE subjects over the period of time that they decide rather than being obligated to study five secondary school subjects together and rather than having the five subjects marks reflected in a single certificate which may affect the overall grade and accordingly affect the decision of university admission on your application
Where Can I find More Information About the GCSE & IGCSE Subjects?
You would find a substantial amount of information by visiting our IGCSE courses by going to our website home page then click on the “Our Courses” tab and select from the dropdown menu any subject under the International GCSE menu
How Long it Will Take to Complete My GCSE or IGCSE Study With OBA School?
The duration of any of our International GCSE courses is 16 months, however, student has the flexibility to finish it earlier. Each International GCSE course would need approximately 300 study hours for each course; hence you may estimate the time needed for completing your course as below:
Scenario 1: for 16 months study plan, you would need 5 hours a week per each International GCSE subject
Scenario 2: for 12 months study plan, you would need 7 hours a week per each International GCSE subject
Scenario 3: for 9 months study plan, you would need about 10 hours a week per each International GCSE subject
For each of the cases above we have allowed for 8 weeks revision period before the exam which we strongly recommend in order to revise and practice past exams papers. Other factors to be taken into considerations when thinking of the duration needed to complete your course are things such as the number of subjects you study concurrently, whether you are employed or fully dedicated to studying the courses, your initial English language skills in reading and writing and other life commitments