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IGCSE Homeschooling and Home Study courses


Our courses will prepare your child for the Cambridge IGCSE exam. This is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds.  It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and is also open to adults. 

Exams are held in May/June and in October/November each year, with the May/June sitting being the more widely available. Students take our IGCSE courses over one year (up to 4 subjects) or over two years (5 or more subjects).

The Cambridge IGCSE:

•    is equivalent to the UK GCSE exam and leads directly on to the Cambridge GCE Advanced (A) Level;

•    may be taken in the UK and in over 150 countries;

•    is assessed by a final exam, making it particularly suitable for study at home;

•    has no lower or upper  age limit.  We welcome Adult Learners.

 See Cambridge IGCSE for further information about the exam.

Our Cambridge IGCSE courses include:

  • Well-illustrated course books providing the core knowledge and understanding of each subject;
  • 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 Tutors (within 3 – 5 working days);
  • A 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 (8 – 12 assignments per subject). Please note: the time could be longer or shorter than this depending on your child’s ability as a learner, their organisation skills, and the support they receive at home.

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, 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.

Gemma Langley talks about her role as a Tutor.


Wolsey Hall Oxford's IGCSE courses are excellent for students who wish to homeschool. The step by step programme of study, with designated textbooks and online resources ensured that my daughter understood the concepts and their application in a logical manner. She also benefitted from completing the assignments and past exam papers. She worked hard... asking questions, getting feedback from her Tutors and sharpening her exam technique. Without the Wolsey Hall Oxford programme, she would not have achieved her fantastic results (six A*'s in her IGCSEs in 2016).

IGCSE UK Years 10-11, children aged 14-16

  • At UK schools, children study at least 8 GCSE/IGCSE subjects so as to have a broad education before going on to specialise at A Level;
  • Strongly academic children, aiming for top tier universities in the UK and elsewhere, may take as many as 10-12 subjects;
  • There is no minimum number of subjects required for IGCSE, but Wolsey Hall suggests taking at least 6 subjects to include English and Maths as core, one or more science subjects, a humanity (Geography and/or History) and a modern foreign language;
  • Children will require approximately 150 hours of study for each IGCSE course, plus the time required for preparation of each assignment (8 – 12 assignments per subject);
  • Children should allow time for Tutors to mark each assignment (3 – 5 working days), and then to reflect on their tutor’s feedback before moving on to next assignment. This will also inform the time needed to complete a course;
  • Children may either sit their IGCSE exams all together after two years, or split them, for example taking exams in 4 subjects after one year and in a further 4 subjects the following year;
  • Children should consider their A Level options at this stage. Most A Level courses with Wolsey Hall require an IGCSE in that subject;
  • IGCSE Science options are Combined Science (includes 1/3rd of each single subject science syllabus) which counts as a single subject); IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences (includes 2/3rds of each single science syllabus) which counts as a double subject; and single subject sciences i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics;
  • Children wishing to study a science subject for A Level, should study the relevant IGCSE single subject course;
  • For IGCSE Maths children have the option of taking the Core or the Extended syllabus. As its name implies the Extended syllabus is broader and covers topics in greater depth. Whereas students who take the Extended exam can achieve up to an A* grade, those who take the Core exam can gain only a grade C. Wolsey Hall encourages children to start on the Extended course. Should this prove too challenging, they can then, after 2 assignments, transfer to the Core course following consultation with their Tutor;
  • For English Language, Wolsey Hall recommends that all students with a basic knowledge of the subject, even non-native English speakers enrol on the IGCSE English Language (first language) course. This is more highly regarded both for moving on to further studies, and for employment opportunities;
  • Children enrolling on Wolsey Hall’s IGCSE French, German and Spanish courses must have studied the language for around 2 years.