Courses Can be Started at any Time of the Year

Wolsey Hall has designed its Lower Secondary homeschooling courses (Years 7, 8 and 9 in the UK – typically ages 11-13) so that each “Year” takes 9 months, the equivalent of “an academic year”. We believe this suits the capabilities of most young people being homeschooled. It also enables them to start studying for their IGCSEa little earlier than the norm.


The courses are designed to be stimulating and fun, as well as academically rigorous. They are aimed at children aged 11 – 13, but may equally suit those who are younger or older.  We believe that the stage your child has reached in their learning is more important than their age.  So if your child is a Maths whiz, but their language skills are less developed, it might be right for them to study Year 9 for Maths, but Year 7 for English.

At Wolsey Hall our focus is on the individual needs of your child and helping them develop their potential.

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

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

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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.
  • Skype 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) 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. Study skills sessions can be booked for those students who need a bit of extra help organising and structuring their studies.

Moving onto IGCSE

  • Our Lower Secondary (Key Stage 3) courses will fully prepare your child to move on to the IGCSE.
  • At the end of their courses in English, Maths and Science, they’ll be tested on what they’ve learned.
  • 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.

See a sample Maths, English and Science Report.

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Veronica Williams - Homeschooling Parent, Malaysia

I appreciate the fact that the needs of my childrens’ learning experience are a priority at Wolsey Hall. The course materials are well designed; staff are committed to homeschooling and my children can study at a pace which suits them.

Catherine Merryweather - Homeschooling Parent, UK

Lucy is really enjoying the Year 9 courses, they really suit her and she’s learning how to use the material and tutor feedback to best advantage. It’s great timing that she’s having this year to get used to this new way of working before starting the IGCSE courses (never mind the fortuitous timing regarding the global pandemic!).
So much better than “ordinary school“, much bigger focus on learning and less on testing. I hated all the testing to give the school data for Ofsted and league tables, not in the children’s best interests at all! All she ever got was a score, no chance to learn from her mistakes which is all part of the assignment process at Wolsey Hall. We’ll definitely be signing up for IGCSE’s with Wolsey Hall.

Dr Rose Haque, Homeschooling Parent, Malaysia

I compared several homeschooling providers and decided on Wolsey Hall Oxford because I felt confident about the help and care my daughter Aeshya would receive. The support we receive is excellent, and the Tutors are very patient. I would recommend Wolsey Hall to parents who care, not only about grades, but about the study experience as a whole. Students receive the respect they deserve and they get the encouragement to move forward despite sometimes having difficulties.

Key Stage 3, UK Years 7-9, Aged 11-13

  • English National Curriculum core subjects are: English, Maths and Science. Other subjects taken at this stage would normally include Geography, History, Religious Studies and a modern foreign language.
  • Children may enrol at Wolsey Hall for any number or combination of subjects.
  • Subjects offered by Wolsey Hall are: English, French, History, Geography, German, Maths, Science and Spanish.
  • To determine subject options, families should consider which subjects they might want their children to study at IGCSE Level.
  • Wolsey Hall expects children will require approximately 150 hours for each year’s course in English, Maths and Science and 100 hours for other subjects, plus the time needed for preparation of each assignment. The hours will be more or less depending on your child’s ability as a learner.
  • Wolsey Hall has designed each “year” of its Key Stage 3 courses to be taken over 8 months, and for a full KS3 course to be completed within 2 years. We believe that this suits the capabilities of most young people as well as enabling them to start their IGCSEs a year earlier than their peers. Children may take up to 12 months for each “year” of a KS3 course if you wish.
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