IGCSE, GCSE & A' LEVEL FACULTY
A' Level Courses by Distance Learning
A levels are the undisputed benchmark of the British education system, helping to set us up for later life in higher education and the working world. Home study students are among the most successful candidates of A level courses. This success rate can partly be attributed to the flexibility of the examination process, but also due to the level of understanding that distance learning offers students.
A' Level Course Structure and Changes
Each of our A level distance learning courses are divided into two parts: the AS level and the A2 level. While both contain roughly the same amount of learning material, the conceptually more difficult elements will almost always be at A2 level.
Generally, AS and A2 will each include two units and an exam. Examinations take place each summer.
In 2014, the Government announced alterations to A levels which will impact students who aim to sit their examinations from June 2017 onwards. From 2017, candidates are required to take both the AS and the A2 examinations in the same sitting to achieve an A level grade.
UK Learning College with its Partners is in the process of devising brand new A level courses for candidates aiming to sit their examinations in June 2017. Please see our A level Changes page for further details.
A' Level Course Requirements
The majority of our A level courses have specific entry requirements. For further information, please see individual subject details. We will usually enrol students onto our A level courses with a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C and above. Preferably, these will include English and Maths.
IGCSE by Distance Learning
UK Learning College is pleased to offer distance learning students a brand new selection of IGCSE courses. These programmes have been specially designed to meet the needs of home study students who are aiming to obtain qualifications that will enable them to apply for vocational courses, progress to A level or get their foot on the ladder in the wider working world.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) offers students a comprehensive curriculum that serves to develop their knowledge and skills.
IGCSEs provide an excellent foundation for future education, such as A Levels, BTEC vocational courses and other qualifications that are recognised by employers internationally and by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Grade for grade, they are equivalent to GCSEs.
Available to students in over 150 countries worldwide, IGCSE qualifications are increasingly gaining popularity in the UK and are often preferred to GCSEs by many reputable independent schools. Approximately 300 British independent schools now offer IGCSEs. Over 1.5 million students from around the world take IGCSE exams annually, with over 40,000 entries in the UK alone.
With GCSE exams gradually being reformed, coursework is now being replaced by controlled assessments that are completed under supervised conditions. However, these controlled assessments are impractical for home educated students. With IGCSE distance learning, 100% of the assessment is done by examination, providing a convenient way to build on and test your knowledge and skills.
For subjects where controlled assessment is not required, you can still enrol on our GCSE home study courses in, for example, Maths, Law, Psychology Sociology and Religious Education. We also offer IGCSE science courses in Biology and Human Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.
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