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Online GCSE courses

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GCSE courses - study materials

Our online GCSEs are industry standard qualifications, the same as those studied in schools and colleges across the UK.

Choosing to take GCSEs via distance learning means you can gain a qualification whilst studying from home, at your own pace. We can even book your exams! No previous knowledge or experience is required, making them an accessible qualification for people of all ages.

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What are GCSEs?

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the UK’s most widely recognised certification for the end of secondary school education. It is often the entry-level requirement to further study, such as A Levels and apprenticeships.

GCSEs are recognised qualifications that are often a gateway to further learning. GCSEs are one of the most popular and sought-after level 2 qualifications in the UK. Core subjects consist of Mathematics, English, and Science, and are key requirements for many jobs and entry to further levels of study.

Here at Open Study College, we offer a wide range of GCSEs to suit your needs and abilities. Our course list covers 17 subjects, including Maths, English, Psychology, and more. These courses are assessed through a series of examinations, with your tutor monitoring your progress and offering guidance as you complete your tutor-marked assignments to ensure you are on the right track. Once you have completed this qualification, the next step can range from A Levels to apprenticeships or employment depending on the route you wish to take and your career plans.

Distance learning GCSEs

At a ‘traditional’ college you will get a timetable and you will attend set classes throughout each term to study your GCSEs. We understand that life today is busy, and that’s why distance learning has become so popular.

With distance learning, you can study the same subjects and qualifications you would in a traditional college, simply from home! It takes the location out of studying. You’ll save time and money on travelling, and if you have other life commitments, such as a full-time or part-time job, or if you have a family to look after, it may help to be able to study at a time that suits you.

There are no physical classes to attend or timetables to stick to. With 24-hour access to your course either online or through a study pack, you can study whenever you have free time (if that’s in the middle of the night, it’s possible!)

GCSE bundles - exams and practicals

In addition to our standard online GCSE courses, we also offer two different types of bundles.

The first is ‘+ exams’. Our courses that state ‘+ exams’ in the title include the cost of your examinations in the course price. We will book and pay for your exams for you, removing some of the stress of studying your GCSEs as an external candidate.

The second option is ‘+ exams + practicals’. For our GCSE courses that require a practical element, the courses titled as ‘+ exams + practicals’ includes the cost of both the exams and practicals you need to sit to complete your GCSE. We will book and pay for your exams and practicals for you, all you need to do is learn your stuff!

Tutor support

When you study your GCSEs with us, you’ll get unlimited, personal tutor support. Your tutor will be on hand to guide you through your course and help with any questions you may have, ensuring you are fully prepared for your examinations. You’ll never be alone. This is just one of the many benefits you’ll get from enrolling with Open Study College.

GCSE grading system

The GCSE grading system has undergone some changes in recent years, so if you’re not familiar with the new system, it’s worth taking some time to get up to speed.

Take a read of our GCSE grading system guide to find out all you need to know.

Frequently asked questions

Open Study College’s range of GCSEs are fully recognised qualifications, the same you’d study in traditional school of college. Awarded by independent bodies, AQA and OCR, who perform detailed, rigorous checks to ensure our courses meet their high standards.

On each course page there is an option to select exams and/or practicals within the course cost. If you choose this option, you will save money and we will take the hassle out of booking your exams. We will do it all for you via our examination partners around the country. If you don’t select this option, you’ll need to book them yourself direct with an examination centre.

No time at all. If you choose to study online GCSEs you’ll get your log-ins within 24 hours. If you choose a study pack, with standard delivery your course pack will be with you within ten working days, or with express delivery just three to five working days.

The short answer, is yes! Our courses are designed for adults and for many career routes it’s often necessary to have at least Maths and English GCSEs at C (4) or above. Retaking your GCSEs as an adult can feel daunting, especially if you’ve been out of learning for a long time. It’s never too late to study GCSEs and we have helped hundreds of adult learners that have chosen to take their GCSEs after the age of 16.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. If you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials and a study pack which will include a pen, highlighter, and notebook. If you choose the study online option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Unlimited support from our expert tutors, a FREE XO Student Discounts membership, and a free CV review are just a handful of the many benefits we offer here at Open Study College. We also genuinely care about you and your future which is why we offer a range of recruitment support too, including free career guides and an employability skills guide. We want to help you achieve your goals in whichever way we can!

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We are delighted that you are considering joining us to study and take pleasure in welcoming you to our family.

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance learning colleges. We provide professionally recognised GCSE qualifications that enable you to study at your own pace, in your own environment either online or via printed materials sent to your home.

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. That's why we have a team of friendly, knowledgeable education specialists that can help you choose the right GCSE for you.

Over the past 15 years, we've enrolled over 120,000 people on courses that have improved their education and their career prospects!

Our education specialists can answer any questions you may have, talk you through our finance options, and get you enrolled over the telephone.

As a family-founded college, we think of our learners as extended members of our family. We're all here to help you achieve your goals in life, whatever they may be.

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