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IGCSE Distance Learning and Home Study

IGCSE Distance Learning and Home Study

An Introduction to IGCSE Distance Learning Courses

Oxford Open Learning is pleased to offer home-educated students a new suite of IGCSE courses. These have been especially designed and developed to serve the needs of distance learning students aiming to obtain qualifications that will enable them to progress to ‘A’ Level, apply for vocational courses, or enter the wider world of work.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) offers a broad curriculum that develops students’ skills, thinking and knowledge.

IGCSEs provide excellent preparation for the next stage in education.  The IGCSE is widely recognized by higher education institutions and employers around the world. As an academic qualification it is equivalent, grade for grade, to GCSE.  IGCSEs offer progression to ‘A’ Level, BTEC vocational courses, and other similar qualifications that are recognized internationally and by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries and is gaining popularity in the UK as a qualification which is preferred to GCSEs by many prestigious independent schools.  World-wide over 1.5 million students enter IGCSE exams every year. Over 300 independent schools in the UK now offer IGCSE, and in 2010 there were over 40,000 entries for IGCSE exams.

GCSE exams are gradually being reformed with coursework being replaced by controlled assessment done under supervised conditions.  Controlled assessment is impractical for distance learning students.  By contrast, IGCSEs with 100% assessment by examination, provide an up-to-date and convenient way to develop and test your skills.

For further information on IGCSEs see our blog on ‘GCSE and IGCSE: what’s the difference?

In subjects where controlled assessment is not required, it is still possible to enrol for our GCSE home education courses in, for example, Law, Maths, Psychology and Sociology. 2011 is the last year in which it will be possible to take English or English Literature GCSE exams. 2012 is the last year in which it will be possible to take GCSE exams in any of the science subjects.  IGCSE science alternatives are currently available in Biology and Human Biology.  Chemistry, Physics, and Science will be available  shortly. In some major subjects, including English and Maths, it is possible to take either GCSE or IGCSE in 2011.

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