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Choosing your child's IGCSE subjects

In the UK, children study 8 or more IGCSE subjects over two academic years.  They take a broad range including English Language and English Literature, Maths, one or more Sciences (or single or double Science), one or more humanities (Geography and/or History) and a language (French, Spanish and German being the most popular). Computer Science is also popular in the digital economy.

We suggest that your child starts with a minimum of four subjects, with English Language and Maths as the first choices. These four subjects may be taken over one year or longer as seems appropriate.

Your child’s choice of subjects should be determined by whether they are going on to A Level and from there to university. If your child plans to take any of the above subjects at A Level, then a good pass at IGCSE will be expected.

To give you an idea of how long your child will need, the approximate study time for each IGCSE subject is 150 hours (180 for English, Maths and the Sciences). To this you should add extra time time for assignment preparation (8-12 assignments per subject).

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  • Students aiming for top universities usually take 10-12 IGCSE courses.
  • Students who want to study a science subject for A Level, should study that subject as a single IGCSE course but IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences (double) may be accepted.
  • Students should allow time for Tutors to mark each assignment (3-5 working days).
  • Students may be interested in the Cambridge ICE qualification

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Maths and Sciences

  • IGCSE Maths –students taking IGCSE Maths (Core) exams can only get up to a grade C. Students on the IGCSE Maths (Extended) course can obtain up to an A* grade.  We encourage most students to start on our Extended course.
  • Students taking IGCSE Physics will also need to take IGCSE Maths (Extended).
  • IGCSE Combined Science includes one third of each single science syllabus (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences is a double IGCSE courses with two thirds of each single science syllabus.

Applying for a Course

You may apply for a  homeschooling course online with Wolsey Hall at any time of the year. If you would like further information or advice before doing so, just submit our Contact form. Our phone number is 0800 622 6599 (UK) or +44 (0) 1865 988 307 internationally

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