GCSE and IGCSE Courses

Our GCSE and IGCSE course for international students aged 14 – 16 (by 1 September) covers English and other subjects.

Students can take this GCSE / IGCSE course over one or two years. There is also the flexibility to start in January or April rather than the normal school year starting month of September.

Lessons are very interesting. I now even enjoy subjects that I never used to enjoy, like science because the teachers really bring the subject to life and involve the students in classes.
Anastasiia, from Ukraine (Two-year I/GCSE Course)

Two-year GCSE and IGCSE course

Our two-year course is for international students aged 14 (by 1 September) or those aged 15 who do not have at least lower intermediate standard of English. These students join Year 10 and normally stay here for Year 11, studying for two years in total.

Compulsory subjects

  • English – IGCSE (normally English as a Second Language, but students with exceptional ability may instead be entered for English as a First Language)
  • Maths – GCSE
  • One science IGCSE (from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Compulsory non-exam subjects: PSHEE, computing and General Studies

Optional subjects

  • Biology – IGCSE
  • Chemistry – IGCSE
  • Physics – IGCSE
  • Art – GCSE
  • Business Studies – IGCSE
  • English Literature – IGCSE
  • Geography – IGCSE
  • History – IGCSE
  • ICT (Computers) – IGCSE

In addition, students can take native language GCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

Students who require extra support to improve their English may be given extra English and Science lessons instead of one of the above optional subjects.

The best students in English are prepared for IGCSE English Literature in Year 11, as well as English Language. Others are be prepared for IELTS.

The best Maths students are entered for Further Maths GCSE in Year 11.

Students can take native language GCSE/ IGCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

Students sit an average of six to eight GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each.

Courses can start in January or April

September is the beginning of the British educational year. However, classes also start in January and April, allowing students to join at these times.

Students starting in January will follow an intensive two term course focusing on Intensive English and Maths (aiming to complete GCSE Maths after two terms). They will also cover other subjects including ICT (Computing), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Art, Geography, Business Studies, General Studies and PSHEE.

Students will then move to the one-year intensive I/GCSE course having spent two terms getting thoroughly prepared. This will enable them to have a wider range of option choices. Those students who have passed GCSE Maths and wish to take Maths further will be offered Further Maths on the intensive course in addition to their option choices. For those students who have passed GCSE Maths taken in June it will not be compulsory for them to take Maths as an option again on the intensive course, which will enable them to have a fourth option choice.

Students joining this course in April will follow an intensive one term course focussing on Intensive English and Maths as well as the subjects listed above and will then be prepared to start the intensive I/GCSE course in September.

The very small class sizes really help you to learn far more quickly as teachers can really get to know you and provide additional help and support where needed.
Allan, from Turkmenistan (Two-year I/GCSE Course)

Specimen GCSE and IGCSE course timetables

Further information


One-year GCSE and IGCSE course

The one-year GCSE and IGCSE course is for students aged 15 or 16 (by 1 September) with at least a lower intermediate standard in English.

The course covers material that normally takes two years to cover. Therefore, students on this course receive additional teaching on Mondays and Fridays. The additional lessons are reflected in the fees for this course.

Compulsory subjects

  • English – IGCSE (normally English as a Second Language, but students with exceptional ability may instead be entered for English as a First Language)
  • Maths – GCSE
  • One science IGCSE (from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or double-award science (worth 2 GCSE grades)
  • Non-exam subjects: PSHEE, computing and General Studies

Optional subjects

  • Biology – GCSE
  • Chemistry – IGCSE
  • Physics – IGCSE
  • Art – GCSE
  • Business Studies – IGCSE
  • English Literature – IGCSE
  • Geography – IGCSE
  • History – IGCSE

The best students in English are prepared for IGCSE English Literature, as well as English Language. Others are prepared for IELTS.

Students can take native language GCSE/ IGCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

Students sit an average of six GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each, with many taking further Maths as an additional subject.

My English has become far more fluent. I now have a much better understanding of English grammar and can communicate much better with all types of people in different situations.
Victoria, from China (One-year I/GCSE Course)

GCSE and IGCSE course specimen timetables

Further information

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