Lower Secondary course information

Information to help you decide

We hope this page will give you the additional information you need as you select your Lower Secondary subjects.

Our Wolsey Hall Lower Secondary courses are designed to be engaging and fun, as well as academically rigorous. They offer an excellent level of challenge for children and the course materials are differentiated to suit the individual needs of your child in order to help them develop their own potential.

Children study our courses depending on their abilities, rather than their age. Sometimes this means students younger or older are studying our Lower Secondary courses. Our Admissions Team can help advise on this when you contact them.

Rise in homeschooling in the UK

Homeschooling Open Event – All Levels

Join us on Wednesday 24th July 2024 at 10am (UK time) to find out how homeschooling works with Wolsey Hall Oxford.

Our live presentation covers how our courses work for students aged 4-18 and the extensive learning support we offer to students. There is also a question and answer session for parents at the end.

Meet some Lower Secondary students

Thomas in the UK

Oliver is homeschooling secondary level

Oliver in the UK

Abel is homeschooling secondary

Abel in Malaysia

homeschooling in the UAE

Coumba in the UAE

Our Lower Secondary courses include

  • All the required course books.
  • Our guide to successful study with great ideas and tips.
  • Access to our state-of-the-art Online Learning system.
  • A wealth of online resources.
  • One to one Tutor support via email.
  • Welcome call with Tutors at beginning, middle and end of all courses with more for language courses.
  • 3 – 5 working day turnaround of your child’s assignments.
  • A designated Progress Manager for contact by you and your child throughout the course.
  • Access to our fully qualified Learning Support Manager.
  • A Tutor report at the end of all Y9 courses.

Hours of study

Our Lower Secondary courses take approximately 100 hours of study per year (approx. 150 hours for English, Maths and Science and approx. 55 hours for Art & Design and Skills for Life) plus the time needed for preparation of each assignment for each of Years 7, 8 or 9.

This 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. 

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 the length of the course and any forthcoming holidays.

Moving onto IGCSE

  • Our Lower Secondary (Key Stage 3) courses will fully prepare your child to move on to IGCSE.
  • At the end of their courses in English, Maths and Science there is an internal assessment to test them on what they’ve learnt. This will show if they are ready to move onto IGCSE.
  • The tests will be assessed by Wolsey Hall Tutors who will provide a report on their performance.
  • We hope that both parents and children will benefit from this extra feedback.
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