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Education in Great Britain. The Abbey College - GCSE program


Education in Great Britain. The Abbey College - GCSE program

The GCSE, or General Certificate of Secondary Education, is the standard qualification achieved by all students to mark the end of the first stage of high school. GCSE examinations are taken by all British students, normally at the age of 16, and are usually required in order to progress onto AS/A level and foundation programmes. They are also therefore the natural choice for overseas students who wish to come to the UK at an earlier stage in order to get a grounding in British education before moving on to the Sixth Form.

The IGCSE (International General Certificate of SecondaryEducation) is usually recommended for overseas students. This qualification is exactly the same as the GCSE, and holds the same recognition with all universities and employers, but the English language used in the course is more suited to the international student. The actual course content and difficulty level are the same for IGCSE's as for GCSE's.

Fees (all inclusive) - GBP 16,950

Optional extras:

- Private bathroom - GBP 2,500
- extra if hostfamily required - GBP 3,000

Course structure

Courses normally last for five or six terms (11/2 - 2 years). This period may be longer if an English language preparatory course is required. During the course, students take a minimum of five - and a maximum of seven subjects, as well as further English language where necessary. Their main subjects almost always include English, Mathematics and the Sciences, whilst the most popular of the other subjects include Business Studies, Art, Accounting and Computing. All students receive Study Skills and Information Technology as part of the course.

Typically, GCSE/IGCSE students will have 3-4 hours of lessons per subject each week. Students may have a number of private study periods within their timetable which can be spent in the library or computer room. Practical work in our specialised laboratories is a necessary requirement for science subjects. Tuition is usually available in the following subjects, either in a class situation or by one-to-one tuition, depending upon the level of interest shown:

Accounting, Biology, Art and Design, French, Economics, Chemistry, Photography, Spanish Business Studies, Physics, Music, Latin, Mathematics, Current Affairs, Further Mathematics, Humanities, English Language, PSE, Computing, History, English Literature.

Any other subjects may be taught at no extra charge for a group of 5 or more students, otherwise the additional one-to-one tuition fee is charged. Please ask us to check the availability of particular subjects. A full list of recommended subjects for chosen career paths can be found in Student Guide.

Start dates: September and January