IGCSE course information

Information to help you decide

We hope this page will give you the information you need as you select your IGCSE Subjects.

Cambridge IGCSE exams are held in May/June and in October/November each year in most of the world. The May/June sitting is the more widely available. There is also a March exam for students in India.

In the UK most children take six to nine IGCSE subjects over two academic years. This is to gain a broad general education before going on to specialise at Advanced Level. We strongly recommend this approach for English Language and Mathematics.

It is also possible to split IGCSE exams over two years and to take four or five in each year. But you need to have regard to the impact on learning, timing, content and skills development. For students who wish to study English Language and Maths in this way, we ask that your child complete a pre-enrolment test to ensure suitability – further details of this can be given by our Admissions team.

We recommend you discuss at Admissions stage the particular circumstances of your child so we can advise on both the number of subjects we would recommend and the duration of your child’s course of study.

For more details see IGCSE Exam Information and take a look at our latest Exam Results.

Please note for students who have part completed IGCSE courses (e.g. Year 10) in 2021, please see our letter to parents here.

All of our IGCSE courses have a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

We are pleased to be able to offer Wolsey Hall students the opportunity to book 1:1 tuition at IGCSE level in English, Maths, Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Our courses are designed with a self-study approach, however, you may wish your child to have the opportunity to discuss a particular topic area with a tutor and our 1:1 sessions allow them to direct their learning in this way.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

We are proud to be part of the world’s largest international community of schools.

We offer a wide range of IGCSE Courses.

Meet some IGCSE students

Mathew is homeschooling in India

Mathew in India

IGCSE homeschooling student Joy-Anna

Joy-Anna in the UK

David is homeschooling IGCSEs

David in Malaysia

IGCSE homeschooling student Lyana

Lyana in Malaysia

IGCSE Course information for homeschoolers

Our Cambridge IGCSE courses include

  • Well-illustrated textbooks providing the core knowledge and understanding of each subject, usually endorsed by Cambridge
  • Access to Canvas, our learning management system, with stimulating online and offline resources
  • Assignments to complete at regular intervals throughout the course
  • Fast and helpful assignment feedback from our Tutors (within 3 – 5 working days)
  • Progress Manager who will monitor your child’s progress and who is available at all times for advice and help

Hours of study

Our IGCSE courses take approximately 150 hours of study, plus the time needed for preparation of each assignment (10 – 12 assignments per subject).

Allow up to 180 hours of study for IGCSE English, Maths or Combined Science.

The time could be longer or shorter than this depending on your child’s ability as a learner, their organisational skills and the support they receive at home.

We provide a handy study hours calculator to families to work out how many hours per week their child will need to study. The calculator takes into account holidays and exam dates.

Our promises to you

  • Should your child wish to retake the exam because their result in any subject has fallen short of grades A* – C (9 – 4), we will provide full support at no extra charge for them to prepare for the next available examination.
  • Your child will have two years in which to complete their IGCSE course. Should they wish to defer their exam, for any reason, beyond the original exam date, they may do so for a small additional fee.
IGCSE Course information
Tarun has been doing Year 7 and 8 English, Maths and Science with Wolsey Hall. He is enjoying his courses and loves the flexibility the whole homeschooling program brings. He is able to plan his learning at his own pace, and plan his day well to accommodate his other interests of playing the Violin and Piano, reading and playing games. The online material in terms of textbooks, videos, the course plan and support from his tutors is helping him get past his studies with ease. During the peak Covid times when amazon deliveries were stopped the online virtual library of Wolsey was a boon to him as he loves to read.
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Deepali Patel, Secondary Parent

India

I must say enrolling Nicole at Wolsey Hall has been one of the best decisions we ever made. At school, Nicole’s progress remained extremely limited due to lack of support with her learning difficulties. Since being at Wolsey, Nicole’s English has come on leaps and bounds, from her spelling, to grammar, to organisation and formats of essays. The amount of time and support Nicole’s tutors, Pat and Michelle have invested in Nicole has been fantastic. Nicole’s academic knowledge and confidence has soared since being at Wolsey and I am extremely grateful to you all. (Nicole has segmatic pragmatic disorder high functioning autism, as well as suspected dyslexia).
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Michelle Rudge – IGCSE Parent

UK

I have just finished consulting with Michelle about Truman and his studies. She is really an amazing asset to your organization, her ability to understand children really blew me away. She has recommended several methods for us to ensure that Truman enjoys and succeeds in his education through Wolsey Hall. We’re really excited to get started.

Rebecca Atkins – Homeschooling Three Children

Italy