If you're thinking of studying for your A-levels or GCSEs online but have a few questions about how it works, then you're in the right place! We know it might seem a bit strange to remotely study something you might have previously done in a classroom, so we've put together this helpful guide to answer the queries and concerns that may be on your mind right now.
Take a look below, and if you still have a couple of questions you'd like answering, then be sure to get in touch with us here - we'd love to hear from you!
Can I study GCSEs and A-levels online?
The simple answer is yes! Here at Oxbridge, we offer you the chance to study fully recognised GCSEs and A-levels online in a way that suits you.
This lets you fit your studies around your busy schedule in a way that simply wouldn't be possible while at school or college. Instead, you can find the right time and the right place to get stuck into some proper knowledge that still leaves you with time to do all the other things in your life that matter to you!
"The best benefit is the ability for learners to create their own learning journey, which is unique to them. They can ask for support catered to their needs, without the distraction of other learners".
~ Gemma Lyons, A-level and GCSE psychology and sociology tutor
What GCSE and A-level subjects can I study online?
At Oxbridge, we offer all the core GCSE subjects, like maths, English language and literature, physics, biology and chemistry, along with additional courses on French, Spanish, geography, history, psychology, sociology, business and astronomy.
As for our A-level subjects, distance learning students can choose from the following:
"These courses give learners the opportunity to control their own learning"
~ Judith Dixon, A-level and GCSE English Tutor
Will I receive the same qualification as schools and colleges?
Yes, you will! At Oxbridge, you'll study the same curriculum, sit the same examinations and after all your hard work, receive the same qualification. The only thing that differs is that you'll have the freedom to study it from home, at a time that suits you!
"The interaction with students, understanding their needs and how best to help them achieve their potential is what I love most about teaching"
~ Peter Emerton, A-level and GCSE History and Law tutor
Are online A-levels accepted by universities?
Yes! We work with renowned awarding bodies to secure fully accredited qualifications, alongside award-winning courses and learning materials created by some of the best course designers out there. That means you'll receive the same AQA and Edexcel A-level learning materials that are used in colleges, with the added bonus of being able to study wherever and whenever you want.
And because of their accreditation, all of the A-level qualifications you receive at the end of your studies are accepted by universities, should you choose to pursue higher education in the near future.
How much do online GCSEs and A-levels cost?
Our online GCSE courses have a course fee of £495 or can be paid in monthly instalments from £37.
Meanwhile, our online A-level courses have a course fee of £695 or can be paid in monthly instalments from £52.
Generally, everything you’ll need to study can be accessed through MyOxbridge, our online learning portal. However, for some courses such as A-level English literature, you’ll also need to purchase the set texts. Many of our courses also include recommended reading to supplement your learning on certain courses which will benefit you. You'll also have to pay separately for your final exams.
Can I study GCSEs and A-levels online if I live outside the UK?
Even if you aren't based in the UK, you can study our GCSE and A-level courses wherever you live in the world through. However, you'll have to take the final exams here in the UK.
How do I take my exams?
Distance learning students sitting their exams will be required to do so at one of our partnership exam centres located across the UK for our students. That means you're guaranteed an exam venue. However, if you choose to find your own exam centre, do so by all means, but you'll have to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country, so we'd recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.
What if I fail my exams?
Good news - 97% of our students pass their exams first time, so you’re very unlikely to face this worry. However, even if you do fail, we offer an exam pass guarantee, which means that we’ll support you through your re-sits for free.
What do our tutors say?
Our tutors are the backbone of our college, and the dedicated, tailored support they offer to each student is what makes studying A-levels and GCSEs with us unique. They’ll be ready to answer your questions and guide you with expert knowledge every step of the way. Here's what they have to say about the Oxbridge distance learning experience...
Tell us a little bit about your approach to supporting students through their A-levels and GCSEs with distance learning.
Gemma Lyons, GCSE and A-level psychology and sociology professor: "The approach I use is to focus on being a facilitator of learning, rather than a teacher. That means it's more about mentorship, and offering support and guidance when needed."
What would you say the main benefits of online learning are, as opposed to traditional classroom-based learning?
Peter Emerton, A-level and GCSE history and law tutor: "I would say the flexibility, especially the freedom to study at times that suit the individual learner and their particular learning needs, as opposed to classes at fixed times which may not be convenient or appropriate."
What do you love about being a tutor with Oxbridge?
Judith Dixon, A-level and GCSE English Tutor: "I enjoy watching learners strive to implement the improvements I have suggested, then seeing their responses and grade improve. I love to share the feeling of achievement when someone accomplishes something new."
What do you love about your subject/s?
Judith: "How I often learn something new when I read a literature essay through my students’ varying interpretations of set texts."
Peter: "I have always had a passion for history and the past. With law this comes from my period spent in practice, plus the fact that law is always changing and never still."
What would you say to a student who’s hesitant about studying A-levels/GCSEs online with Oxbridge?
"Go for it! Teaching and learning is changing. Self-learning is the modern-day norm. If you have an interest in the topics you are studying, you'll enjoy the process. You'll have support available to you, - it's just an email away."
Until the end of January, if you enrol on two A-levels or GCSEs, we'll cover 50% of your course costs towards a third. You'll find out more about our A-level courses here, or you can give our dedicated team a call on 0121 630 3000.