Date of publication: 2017-08-30 00:51
Most universities in Australia and the USA will accept GCE/International A-levels as evidence that you have completed high school. Universities will probably have additional admission requirements but the qualification is usually accepted quite widely. This is a very useful Recognition Database.
Most universities in the USA will require an entrance exam such as SAT or ACT. It is up to each school to decide on your entrance requirements so make sure to ask each school that you apply to what you need to submit. It is unlikely that you can apply successfully with A-levels alone.
It really depends on the purpose for which you are taking them. The convention in UK schools is to sit eight to ten subjects. However, this is primarily a function of maintaining a broad curriculum in mainstream schools. Students in other educational systems or taking subjects in a different context may only need to take one or two subjects. Ask a counsellor for help.
GCSE and IGCSE are qualifications which are at the same level. The IGCSE has been developed to be more relevant to students learning in an ‘international’ or non-UK context. The “I” stands for international. These qualifications have become so popular that a number of independent schools in the UK are now moving away from the GCSE and adopting the IGCSE. However, in terms of entrance into post-secondary and other courses, the qualifications are seen as equivalent.
An important part of our research involves gathering and analysing evidence to ensure that all aspects of our examination process are as good as they can be.
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service) is the body through which applications to most UK degree courses are processed. It awards points to each grade in a variety of recognised, publicly examined qualifications from around the world. Accumulation of a points total determines the courses to which you can apply. See the UCAS site for full details. Note that only GCE A-levels carry tariff points.
IGCSE subjects are charged per subject rather than per unit (as the A-level is). You should check with your exam centre to get the current cost per subject.
Research Matters is our free biannual publication which allows us to share our assessment research, in a range of fields, with the wider assessment community.
Yes. It is possible to undertake all the learning for your IGCSE exams online with ITS. If you are unable to take the exam in Hong Kong at ITS, you will need to attend another authorized exam centre to sit the exams.
Performance at GCSE improved by percentage points at grades A*-A (from % in 7565 to % in 7566), which is down on last year&rsquo s increase of 6 percentage point. Performance at grades A*-C increased by percentage points (from % in 7565 to % in 7566), also down on last year&rsquo s increase of 7 percentage points.
In the UK, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is possible to access a large number of independent schools which take students from international locations and of all school ages. In order to find one that is suitable for you, look at the frequently asked questions which include links to information about the education system in the UK. You can also contact our UK education consultants for specific information.