1 Year GCSE Courses Vs 2 Year GCSE Courses
The traditional GCSE courses are usually two-year courses in the UK, but there are also one-year fast courses available in most institutions. The 2-year GCSE in UK is suitable for students who have completed secondary school and are over 14 years old.
The 1-year GCSE is a compressed 2-year GCSE course, which requires a higher learning ability and language requirements for students. The 1-year GCSE is suitable for the following types of students:
- It’s suitable for students who have completed a two-year GCSE course in UK, but want to re-take a GCSE course to take the exams again because their grades are poor and not enough to pass the course.
- It’s suitable for students who have passed a GCSE course before, but they want to achieve higher points
- It’s suitable for students who never have studied a GCSE course and want to study within 1 year (for example, children who have graduated from the third grade and are over 15 years old are in this column);
- It’s suitable for students who previously have self-studied at home.
If you are an international student:
Remember that if your age and education meets the requirements for a GCSE in UK, we suggest you take a full GCSE course because during a 2-year GCSE course you can improve your skills and language level effectively, and get used to the UK environment much better before your exams.
What to Do after GCSE in UK?
Students basically complete compulsory education after two years of studying GCSE in UK. Achieving a GCSE puts you in a good position, whether you enter the world of work or tend to go for higher education. There are two paths you can follow after you get your GCSEs. If you choose to go to university, you can progress to A-levels before entering a UK university.
However, if you don’t want to go to a university, you can go to some technical college for further study and after graduation, you will be employed in corresponding positions. In addition, the GCSE scores of students will be used as a reference for A-Level or even university admissions.
If you are looking for full information about A-Level, you can read Study A-levels in the UK.
GCSE in College VS. Sixth Form
The sixth form is the last 2 years of secondary school where students at the age of 16 to 18 prepare for A-level or International Baccalaureate exams. Sixth forms are smaller and tend to provide more structure and support than colleges.
In some cases, the standard of teaching in academic subjects will be higher in a sixth form or sixth form college than at an FE college (further education college). Also, a student will already know how their school accommodates pupils alongside a familiar environment. Further education colleges are usually larger than sixth form colleges, although what they provide varies depending on what else is on offer locally.