Frequently Asked Questions

You may have some questions before you decide to enrol with Oxford College of Education. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

Enrolling is easy. Fill out our application form on our website.

For online courses you should get your login details within a couple of hours, for paper courses we aim to deliver within 3 working days.

None of our courses have a deadline for enrolment. However, if you are studying for an A-Level you must bear in mind that exams always take place in the summer. Many of our new A-Level courses do not have any available exam dates until 2021, so make sure you read the course description carefully.

Most of our courses are open to everyone and don’t have any entrance requirements. Some higher-level courses may require previous level of study, if this is the case it will be detailed on the course page.

All of our GCSE and A-Level courses are online which means that you can study whenever and wherever you want. At OCE Online Learning, we believe that convenience is the future of learning and our courses have been designed around that principle.

The first thing you do is meet your online tutor.
Your Online Course Tutor is key to your GCSE or A-Level success, which is why all our tutors are currently teaching in the field of study, a practising professional or recently retired in their teaching field.

Our tutors are easily contactable by email and enjoy helping students get the best results and experience from their GCSE or A-Level chosen course.

You can then work through your online course with your tutor’s support.
You will read, complete activities, submit assignments and quickly start to get to grips with your chosen GCSE or A-level subject and enjoy the achievement of working through your learning outcomes.

The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).
The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests. The course includes Tutor Marked Assessments which you access and submit through the online system.

Yes. Learning online has become a part of the ‘new normal’ for delivering high quality education. It is also a very safe method during the current pandemic. Modern e-Learning platforms provide a wonderful opportunity for you to receive the best education possible at just the click of a button.

You have 12 months from the date of purchase to complete the course. Within this timeframe you can move through the course as quickly or as slowly as you want. You can extend your course for a further 6 months for a nominal fee.
* This does not apply to our A-Level courses which last 24 months

This depends on how much time you are willing to prioritise. Each course has a recommended study time, which we believe is imperative to complete in order to guarantee a pass in the final exam. An IGCSE or GCSE has recommended study duration of 120 hours. If you can commit 10 hours of studying per week, the course can be completed in 12 weeks. An A- level has recommended study duration of 300 hours.

OCE offer the perfect courses for anyone who is looking to home-school their child. All our GCSE, IGCSE and A-level courses follow the awarding body specification, so you can be reassured that you are teaching your child the relevant content for their final.

The GCSE (General Certificate in Secondary Education) and the IGCSE (or International GCSE) are essentially the same thing, in that they are both world-class, Level 2 qualifications that have been accredited to the same standards, grade for grade, and should be recognised in the exactly same way by employers and academic institutions.

The key difference between the GCSE and IGCSE is the emphasis on the exams. In the past, GCSEs allowed an element of coursework to count for final grades, which was viewed as lowering the standard of the qualification. However, the UK government toughened these rules, bringing it more in line with the difficulty of the IGCSE.

All colleges and universities in the UK accept the IGCSE equally and many private and international schools choose to offer the IGCSE in preference to the GCSE. It’s currently studied in 55 countries worldwide and is offered at over 350 independent schools in the UK alone. You should feel safe in the knowledge that all our courses are gold-standard, international qualifications that will take you wherever in the world you want to go.

If you want to change your course you can do so within the first 14 days of purchase. Please bear in mind that courses differ in prices and you will be expected to pay the difference should that apply.

Because all our learning material is delivered online, you will need to ensure you have a working device such as a tablet, Smartphone or laptop which has satisfactory connectivity to the internet. For international students who wish to study their course at our college, FREE computers, WIFI, and all other facilities available to use on campus.

Yes. As long as you have access to the internet, our courses can be displayed on all devices

Most of our course packs will include all of the learning materials you need to complete your studies, including study guides and even software where necessary. However, particularly with A-Level courses like English Literature, it may sometimes be necessary for you to purchase additional texts. Your tutor will offer guidance on the specific editions you require.

Our courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 12 months. Tutors will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

You can contact your tutor by email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

Although we do not offer face to face IGCSE/A-Level classes on campus, as this is a self-study course, we are aware of the difficulties that students may face in terms of concentration and motivation. Therefore we will assist and supervise the student by providing access to facilities such as our classroom/library/internet/computer on campus.

Yes, each course had a number of Tutor Marked Assessments. You will send these back to your tutor who will mark them and give you feedback on your progress. For some courses, such as A-Levels, you will also need to sit some exams.

Your course will include all your assessments. As you work through your course you will complete each assessment as and when you get to it, and email it to your tutor. Your tutor will mark your work within 10 working days, normally quicker. If you pass then you will be free to start working towards the next assessment. If your work is ‘referred’ then you will have a chance to implement the recommended improvements and re-submit.

Some courses require exams. This will be detailed in the course page. Each course is different, but your course will help you prepare for your examination and your tutor will be on hand to answer any questions.

Students often get confused by the difference between the work they do during their course, which is tested by their Tutor-marked Assignments and board-examined coursework, which is entirely different.

Tutor-marked Assignments (or TMAs) are not coursework; they are progress checks for the student and the tutor. Every course will have several TMAs but they do not in any way contribute towards your final exam grade.

Board-examined coursework is only required for certain subjects at A Level. None of the GCSE or IGCSEs that we offer now has coursework. Where included, coursework is very important as it can contribute up to 25% of your final marks and therefore substantially influence your grade. The system for dealing with it is complicated and requires an amount of form filling, but we have a lot of experience in this area and our Exam Officer is there to guide you through it.

It is very important that students recognise the difference between TMAs and board-examined coursework.

Board-examined coursework is marked by an examiner who works for the exam board and is known as “the moderator”. Your OCE tutor never marks your coursework, nor is he or she allowed to estimate what grade it might be worth. Tutors also have to work under very strict rules about how much help they can give you with your coursework, and how many TMAs they have to have seen before they can sign to confirm that the work is your own. This is known as “authentication” and you cannot submit coursework for marking by the examiner unless your work has first been authenticated by your tutor.

IGCSE, A-Level exams and practicals are sat at an exam centre local to you. On purchasing the course OCE Online Learning will provide you with a list of recommended exam centers. The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June. All exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre.

OCE Learning will provide you with everything you need to prepare for your exam. However, we cannot book your exam for you; this has to be done by the student themselves. This can be done on the awarding body website. If you need help with this, do not hesitate to get in touch.

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you’re taking a course that involves an exam, exam dates are on fixed dates. So you’ll need to enroll early enough to be able to complete all your assignments and any non-exam assessment in time. To avoid late fees, book at least 6 months in advance for GCSE and IGCSE & 7 Months for A-Level

All new science A-Levels include an optional practical lab-skills pathway which will be required by most universities for students pursuing STEM subjects. These practical assessments will be taken at the exam centre you have chosen to take your written exams. Not all centers will offer this pathway so you will need to check availability in your area. If you're having difficulty locating a practical centre in your area, let us know.

The 9-1 grading scheme was brought in alongside a new GCSE curriculum in England. The highest grade is 9, while 1 is the lowest, not including a U (ungraded).Three number grades - 9, 8 and 7 - correspond to the old-style top grades of A* and A - this is designed to give more differentiation at the top end.

Yes, these courses are designed in parallel with the awarding bodies’ specification for A-Level, GCSE and IGCSE. The material you cover is the same as that which will come up in your exams. Moreover, the exam you sit is booked directly with the awarding body, thus after successful completion you will be given an official qualification certificate from Edexcel/AQA/CIE- not from us at OCE.

Yes, OCE’s online courses use a progression tracking technology which enables both our tutors and yourself to see how many hours, assessments and scores you have completed whilst studying our courses. As such, we have the information necessary to calculate your predicted grade which you can then submit to the awarding body if needed.

Once you’ve enrolled on your course, you can make payments through monthly installments, interest free. You also have the option of paying the full amount upfront.

Our aim is to make learning as affordable and easy possible. If you require a payment plan then please email admissions@oxfordce.co.uk and we will do our best to make arrangements for you to spread your payments.

Please get in touch to discuss any additional fees; such as Exam fees or registration fees, as each course is different.

Exams fees are an additional cost and are paid directly to the exam centre, not OCE. Exam fees vary significantly so we always recommend that you 'shop-around' to get the best deal. Awarding bodies charge approx. £40 for IGCSE exams and centers then charge an administration fee on top. Hence, you should expect to pay upwards of £100 for an IGCSE exam. Full A-Level exams start at around £250 depending on the subject chosen.

If you want to cancel please email us at admissions@oxfordce.co.uk, you have the right to cancel within the first 14 days.

We welcome international students; all our tutor support is by email and we can ship your course to you, anywhere in the world. OCE is a great choice for those living abroad and international students. IGCSE and A-level exams can be arranged via the British Council in many overseas countries.

6 month Short-term study visa: students can apply for this and schedule this however they need around there course duration- whether it be in time to take their exam in the UK or just to study.

12 month visa: we offer this for IGCSE students who wish to stay throughout the entire duration of their studies.

24 month visa: we offer this for A-level students who wish to stay throughout the entire duration of their studies.

We are the only college that has a license to provide students with a short-term study visa. International students, who wish to undertake our IGCSE/A-Level online courses and would like to improve their grades under our supervision or just simply visit our campus and gain an experience of studying in a British environment, can do so.

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