General FAQs

Some Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t live in the UK can I still use your courses?

Absolutely! Our courses are designed to work just as well for international students. Just check which boards your local exam centre covers and you can get started. Your course is delivered as a PDF download and you can send your scanned Follow Up Work to your tutor by email. Our tutors are available by email to support you and answer questions. We have welcomed many international students recently.  It’s lovely to have them onboard!

 Can your courses be covered in a year ?

Yes! Most of our students find that they are able to cover the courses and take the exam in one academic year. So for example, if they start in September of one year and they study, on average, one topic per week, taking 4 to 6 hours to do so, they will complete the course in good time for revision and practise on past papers. Some students choose to take 18 months or two years and that is fine too!

Upcoming changes to the Edexcel Exams:

Firstly let us reiterate that there is often confusion surrounding the words ‘updated specification’ and people often fear that much of the course has changed. This is not the case here. Indeed this is what Edexcel themselves say about the revised syllabus:

“All our current Edexcel International GCSE subjects will continue to be available until a last assessment date of May / June 2018 or January 2019 for subjects with current January availability. We plan to introduce more up-to-date content so it reflects the latest thinking in each subject and to ensure that the content and assessment standards are comparable to the new GCSEs. This is to ensure that these qualifications are even more relevant and engaging for students, and that they are of comparable demand to the new reformed GCSEs.

With the introduction of a new 9-1 grading scale for GCSEs in England,  the A* grade available for the current International GCSEs does not neatly align with the top grade 9. Grade 9 represents a higher level of attainment than the current A* grade. After extensive consultation with schools and wider stakeholders, we have taken the decision to introduce the 9-1 grading scale for the updated suite of International GCSEs. This is to give the very highest performers the opportunity to achieve a grade 9, rewarding outstanding academic achievement. With 9 levels of performance rather than 8, there is greater differentiation of the most able at the top end of the grading scale, which better identifies students’ potential, putting you in a stronger position to help students make informed decisions about their A level and university choices.”

Edexcel Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology and Double Award 
Last examinations of the current specification is January 2019.
The new specification and updated textbooks became available in September 2017 and the first examination is Summer 2019. You can purchase either specification from our website.  All courses have undergone small changes (topic added or removed, examples changed,  some minor adjustments to the length of the exam papers etc) so if you purchase the old specification but need longer than planned to study, we will happily send you the new specification PDF free of charge – you would just need to purchase the new textbook. This is especially relevant if you are not sure how long the student will take to complete the course.
Edexcel Geography
Last examination of the current specification is June 2018. The first examination of the new specification is summer 2019. The exam will change to become  3 papers of 1.5 hours each. An updated course for the exam from Summer 2019 is currently being updated by our Geography tutor, Helen, and will be available from January 2018.
Edexcel Maths
Our course is updated and ready for the changes in  specification examined from summer 2018.
The old specification, which was written in 2009, will have it’s last examination in January 2018 – and has the code 4MA0, it will be graded under the old system of A* to G.  Study using the new specification can start from this year, for first examination in June 2018, with code 4MA1, it will be graded 1 – 9. It will then be available in both the January and June sittings thereafter.
Due to recent changes to the specification we are now able to offer GCSE Maths as well as IGCSE Maths.
Cambridge (CIE)

Upcoming changes to the grading of Cambridge (CIE) Exams

CIE have decided to offer students taking their IGCSE courses the chance to be awarded grades 9 – 1 in place of the current A* – G system from June 2018. The ONLY differences to the current specifications are the codes used to register. The content, the set books and the exam papers are exactly the same so you can continue to use our current courses, with the current codes BUT when you come to register with your exam centre you enter with one code for an A-G grade and a different code for a 9-1 grade.

 

All CIE Courses are updated and ready. All our CIE  courses and textbooks are relevant for 2017 onwards.
 
IGCSE English update from Catherine Mooney
 
 The new IGCSE specifications in English Language and English Literature that will examined for the first time in Summer 2018.  Most of the changes are only visible on the exam papers themselves where the same old questions appear in a slightly different order (and of course the grades are now 1 – 9 rather than A – G; not that this makes much difference in practice). 
All courses have now been updated. Please see Catherine’s website for details.

My child has a learning disability, are your courses suitable ?

We have worked with children with learning disabilities, particularly dyslexia, and are confident that with the correct support from us, married with a continuation of their usual working practices and support from home, most students will be able to use our courses to help them pass their IGCSE exams.
This from a parent about a student who took the Biology Cambridge CIE exam this year ‘

‘… he got a C, which is a big accomplishment bearing in mind he had only come out of school a year before really struggling with learning due to his dyspraxia n dyslexia, the purpose of this GCSE was for me to show him he can learn and help build his self esteem n confidence (which was not in a good place at school)…and I have achieved that.
Big thank you, you were so helpful and patiently answered all my questions.”

 

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