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What is International GCSE qualification?

The International GCSE sometimes is called IGCSE, it stands for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is the British secondary school equivalent to other countries’ secondary school certificate. Most of the students in the UK study GCSE while the international version of GCSE is described as the international version of the GCSE, however, it is also available to students living in the UK as well and mostly delivered by private schools. The International GCSE is regarded by most of the British universities as an equivalent qualification to the GCSE since the curriculum level of both qualifications are of the same quality and overlap in learning outcomes but with more focus on content that related more to global prospective of the subject rather than national prospective. Most of the British universities accept students applications for direct entry to university foundation year if the student obtains International GCSE in 5 different subjects with good marks that meet their admission requirements.

What is International A-level qualification?

As for the International A-level, it stands for the International Advanced Level which is the international version of A-level. The A-level is an advanced stage of secondary school education that usually comes after completing the GCSE or IGCSE. It is designed for international students, but it is also available in the UK and is delivered mostly by private schools. The International A-level is regarded by most of the British universities as an equivalent qualification to the A-level since the curriculum level of both qualifications are of the same quality and overlap in learning outcomes but with more focus on content that related more to global prospective of the subject rather than national prospective. Most of the British universities accept students applications for direct entry to university first year if the student obtains International A-level in 3 different subjects with good marks that meet their admission requirements.

Who issues my qualifications after I complete my course take my exams?

It is not OBA School but either Pearson-Edexcel or Cambridge International depending on the course your studying with us.
No full-time school or distance learning provider is authorised to issue IGCSE or A-level qualification, but it is only the awarding body such as Pearson-Edexcel or Cambridge.

Who issues my formal exams and mark them?

The awarding-body. The awarding-body is also called examination-board, such as Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge International, they issue the formal exams, mark the answers of the students exams and finally issue the marks transcript and the qualification for each International GCSE or A-level subjects and send it to you to receive it where you have taken your exams, in this case either to the approved exams center or the British Council in your country of residence.

 

Does OBA course lead to a recognised qualification?

Yes, all our courses prepare you for the external exams provided by the examiner boards such as Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge International who issues the formal exams and mark it for you and issue your final accredited qualification. All of our courses are designed based on accredited qualifications designed and issued by pioneer British awarding bodies such as Pearson-Edexcel and Cambridge International.

Will my qualification look different from the one achieved in full-time education?

No, both look the same and they do not indicate any remarks of the mode of attendance.

The vast majority of the British universities would assess your admission application based on your achievement in the International GCSE and A-level more than the mode of study, that is due to many reasons for which one among is that both full-time and distance learning students take exactly the same formal exam that full-time student takes, and both students’ exams are issued by the examiner-body (also called examiner-board) who also marked the exams answers of the student and it is Not the schools who do those tasks.

About Your Study

How do I choose my courses?

If your plan is to study International GCSE and/or A-level subjects to get a route to university degree then you have to study subjects relevant to the major you plan to study in university. Example, if you wish to study engineering foundation-year then you need to study and obtain 5 different International GCSE qualifications for which at least 3 of them are relevant to engineering studies in order to meet with the admission requirements for the most of the British universities foundation-year.
While if your plan is to study International A-level then most of the British universities would accept your application to join directly first year university if you have studied and obtained 3 different International A-level subjects. Of course, your marks performance will be another factor for your acceptance.
To help you choosing which subjects to study, OBA School has created specifically a page called “Universities Requirements” where you can find more about the subjects needed by universities. You may visit the page by clicking here.  

Duration of the course and study period for International GCSE

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:

  • For 16 months study plan: you would need 5 hours a week per 1 each International GCSE subject.
  • For 12 months study plan: you would need 7 hours a week per 1 subject.
  • For 9 months study plan: you would need about 10 hours a week per 1 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.

Duration of the International A-level Studies

The duration of any of our AS-level or A2-level courses is 12 months, however, student has the flexibility to finish it earlier. Each International AS-level or A2-level, each course would need approximately 250-study hours for each course; hence you may estimate the time needed for completing your course as below:

  • For 12 months study plan: you would need 6 hours a week per 1 subject.
  • For 9 months study plan: you would need about 8 hours a week per 1 subject.

For each of the cases above we have allowed for 6 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.

Studying with OBA

What students support I will receive from OBA?

As for your general inquiries and support, right from the onset you will be allocated with a personal tutor who will support you throughout your course and be of reach in different ways to answer your inquiries.

While for your courses teaching support, you will get full support in several ways including the frequent virtual live-classes, emails, your course forum and chatting box, Skype or different type of chatting programs or phone calls. You will be given guidance in your study guide booklet on how approach any departments during your enrolment.

Who are OBA Tutors?

Our tutors are all selected with the conditions that they are graduated with university degrees and teaching experience of exactly the same subject they teach with OBA hence you may rest assure that your tutors are well-qualified and have years of experience in teaching the same subject assigned to them by OBA.

What student age do you accept for the International GCSE and A-levels?

The minimum age can enrol in our courses is 13 years old and no age restriction for any age above that. Please note that most of the British universities accept students from any age including mature students, hence seeing students with ages ranging between 30 and 45 is normal and is unlike most of the international universities across the world who restrict the age range to certain limit. 

Can I see a sample of the course materials?

Our teaching materials are designed and developed and designed specifically for independent study. We have offered some samples that can be found in our website as follows below:

  • For the International GCSE and A-level please click here
  • For the English language courses please click here