Currently, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity for admission to prestigious universities around the world. For many years, one of the leading positions in the field of education is occupied by the United Kingdom - that is why its curricula, certificates of graduation and education in the universities of this country are so popular.
GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) is a certificate of secondary (incomplete) education, which is recognized throughout the world. It is necessary for admission to the golden British standard of A-level education or to the international baccalaureate program (IB diploma). To enter one of these programs in a popular educational institution, you must have high marks in the GCSE certificate.
In the UK, students go through the GSCE course at the age of 14-16 years and it traditionally takes 2 years of study. Students learn several basic (mandatory) disciplines and usually 4-6 subjects to choose depending on the abilities and interests of the child. The approach to learning and choice of disciplines varies in different schools depending on the internal curriculum. Mandatory disciplines are English and mathematics, and the choice of additional subjects is quite wide. The list of optional subjects includes biology, literature, geography, chemistry, physics, foreign language, art, statistics and much more.
At the end of the GCSE program, students take a compulsory state examination - grades from A to G are issued in the certificate. The final assessments are also influenced by current assessments and design work. Students who do not pass the exam receive a U ranking - unsatisfactory. The test results strongly influence the possibility of entering a prestigious university.
The main difficulties, regardless of the length of the program are:
- Passing the test upon admission to the educational program GCSE
- Differences in program, as well as methods of education.
Preparations for enrolling in a foreign school for the GSCE course should be comprehensive, including the development of the English language and the study of the academic program. An excellent solution to the problem can be specialized courses or summer camps aimed at helping the child adapt to the traditions of another country.
There are 2 options for passing the GCSE program for foreign students.
1. Two-year educational program.
The GCSE course for 2 years is traditional in England. It has several advantages for foreign students:
- The ability to calmly, without hurrying to pass all the necessary items
- Develop English and expand vocabulary
- Adapt to another educational system
- Learn the culture and traditions of the country, immerse yourself in the life of the city
- Enjoy the school life
- To make friends.
Students receive a broader education and deeper knowledge in comparison with the passage of a similar program for the year.
Within this course, students often receive theoretical and practical knowledge. Many UK schools encourage independent research and projects that go beyond the program. Education is aimed at revealing the student's personal potential, developing his abilities and love for learning.
However, not all schools take students on 10 grade (the first year of preparation for GSCE) - some schools accept students only at 9 grade at the age of 13 years. One of the drawbacks of education on a two-year program can be a large financial cost of education and additional costs (food, accommodation, etc.)
2. One-year educational program.
A one-year program is an accelerated preparation course for the delivery of GCSE, which requires more preparation of the student and his commitment. Ideal for students aged 15 years, if they do not want to lose an extra year with a two-year educational program.
Parents should understand that for the course to take place at an accelerated pace, fundamental knowledge of basic subjects is required, excellent knowledge of English and a high degree of self-control of the student.
Usually, when choosing this option, the number of subjects studied is reduced to 5-6, which allows you to spend more time each subject individually. Such a quantity of items is minimal, but does not affect the entry to the A-level or IB Diploma programs. When they arrive on them, the only unpleasant moment may be the student's desire to take a new subject, the study of which is preliminary necessary at the GCSE level. Traditionally, such subjects include foreign languages, history and music, but do not forget about the possible differences depending on the choice of educational institution.
One obvious drawback of a one-year program of education is the insufficient breadth of the disciplines studied and the lack of time for adapting to new conditions.
A one-year course assumes less financial costs, which is its undoubted advantage.
Each of the programs has its pros and cons. The choice of the educational option should depend on a sober assessment of the student's capabilities, goals, knowledge base, aspirations for self-education and the level of English language proficiency. Depending on these factors and the general situation, the choice of the educational program should depend.
The two-year course provides the opportunity to choose and study a large number of subjects, the gradual immersion of the child in the academic atmosphere of another country and the improvement of the English language. The one-year program is more suitable for applicants who clearly know their goals, having an excellent knowledge base and sufficient level of language proficiency.