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 ?
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.”
Upcoming changes to the grading of Cambridge (CIE) Exams
All CIE Courses are updated and ready. All our CIE courses and textbooks are relevant for 2017 onwards.
IGCSE English update from Catherine MooneyThe 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 ?
‘… 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.”