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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!)


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 OSC.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 100,000 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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