An Introduction to International GCSEs
Oxford Home Schooling’s suite of International GCSE courses has been specially designed and developed to serve the needs of homeschooling 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. International GCSEs provide excellent preparation for the next stage in education whether taken in the UK or abroad.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education offers a broad curriculum that develops students’ skills, thinking and knowledge.
An internationally recognised qualification
The International GCSE is widely recognized by higher education institutions and employers around the world. As an academic qualification it is equivalent, grade for grade, to GCSE. International GCSEs 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).
International GCSEs are offered to students in over 150 countries and they have gained 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 for exams every year. Over 300 independent schools in the UK now offer either the Cambridge IGCSE, or as we do the Edexcel International GCSE. In 2019 there were over 135,000 UK entries for Edexcels International GCSE exams.
GCSE exams were reformed in 2009/2010 with coursework being replaced by controlled assessment done under supervised conditions. Controlled assessment is impractical for students studying at home. By contrast, International GCSEs with, in most cases 100% assessment by examination, provide an up-to-date and convenient way to develop and test your skills.
For further information on International GCSEs see ‘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 e.g. Mathematics, Psychology Sociology or English.