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    hello!
    to understand my problem little intro: my name is peter, 24yo from EU country. in UK interesting in studies and job for next 5-10years.
    in my country i've done secondary school at age 19(primary school at age 15) - comparable at least to LEVEL A 4x. but i've got certificate from UKnaric just to 4x GCSE - but isn't worthy a pence, because universities and employers don't want to accept it.

    so I decided to do it again in UK: iGCSE from english, math, chemistry, biology and probably physics (interesting in science, medicine by far). as I have most of knowlidge (I need only translate into my language - into English) and full time job - is more suitable for me iGCSE rather than GCSE. i was looking on internet all days and still confused. here is what i found:

    1. there are private colleges with face to face lessons and crazy fees 2000-3000p per subject - due to price, full time study impossible.

    2. online distance tuition - fee 300-400p per subject, online tuition if required. but as these tutors claim, they can't help to students with exam registration in examination center - so every student must register on his own in near examination center. which i found very problematic - because most of colleges don't accept external/private applicants. so I am worried, I pay 2000p for 5 subjects tuition and i will never find examination center? is that possible?? exam boards (Cambridge IE, edexcel) have on webpages the map of centers - but there is only few colleges (private - expensive, or don't accept external student)

    do i really need tutor or just find the right one examination center (in London), which accept external applicants?


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    (Original post by pepcules)
    hello!
    to understand my problem little intro: my name is peter, 24yo from EU country. in UK interesting in studies and job for next 5-10years.
    in my country i've done secondary school at age 19(primary school at age 15) - comparable at least to LEVEL A 4x. but i've got certificate from UKnaric just to 4x GCSE - but isn't worthy a pence, because universities and employers don't want to accept it.

    so I decided to do it again in UK: iGCSE from english, math, chemistry, biology and probably physics (interesting in science, medicine by far). as I have most of knowlidge (I need only translate into my language - into English) and full time job - is more suitable for me iGCSE rather than GCSE. i was looking on internet all days and still confused. here is what i found:

    1. there are private colleges with face to face lessons and crazy fees 2000-3000p per subject - due to price, full time study impossible.

    2. online distance tuition - fee 300-400p per subject, online tuition if required. but as these tutors claim, they can't help to students with exam registration in examination center - so every student must register on his own in near examination center. which i found very problematic - because most of colleges don't accept external/private applicants. so I am worried, I pay 2000p for 5 subjects tuition and i will never find examination center? is that possible?? exam boards (Cambridge IE, edexcel) have on webpages the map of centers - but there is only few colleges (private - expensive, or don't accept external student)

    do i really need tutor or just find the right one examination center (in London), which accept external applicants?
    If you are confident in your subject knowledge then I suggest that you just find a centre willing to accept you for Edexcel IGCSEs (more centres are registered with Edexcel than CIE so this will be an easier option to arrange). Any exam centre (=any secondary school or college) could accept you and not all of them ar on Edexcel's map. Try ringing round the ones near you in September. The entry deadline for next summer is 21 February 2015 but you need to get it sorted a while ahead of that. Search for threads on here that mention centres that accepted people. There is also a yahoo group for home-schooled kids that has some very helpful advice for finding centres that accept you.
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    so i keep looking within colleges in near area - via phone and without tuition.

    and I found entry deadline for January timetable exams is in October (Edexcel), so I'll try enroll as many subject as I can revise.
    also found : Important notice: International GCSEs are not approved for use in UK state schools
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/i...px?notice=2330
    but I think they'll say how it works, when I call them
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    Although IGCSE are not approved for uk state schools the Edexcel Certificates are and they are the same thing
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/e...s/default.aspx
    Most State schools still tend not to use them so you probably need to be looking at independent/public schools (I.e. Fee paying) and private tuition centres.



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    (Original post by pepcules)
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    and I found entry deadline for January timetable exams is in October (Edexcel), so I'll try enroll as many subject as I can revise.
    There are no January exams in the UK any more so you will have to wait until the summer.

    (Original post by pepcules)
    also found : Important notice: International GCSEs are not approved for use in UK state schools
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/i...px?notice=2330
    but I think they'll say how it works, when I call them
    As long as they are registered with the exam board, centres don't have to be studying the exam you want to do in order to accept you. Almost all centres will be registered with Edexcel, but not many state schools are registered with CIE.
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    (Original post by Compost)
    There are no January exams in the UK any more so you will have to wait until the summer..
    Not true for IGCSE/edexcel certificate, there are maths, English and science exams in jan 2015
    http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/Docum...l%20v1_DTP.pdf


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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    Not true for IGCSE/edexcel certificate, there are maths, English and science exams in jan 2015
    http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/Docum...l%20v1_DTP.pdf
    My mistake.
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    (Original post by pepcules)
    thanks
    so i keep looking within colleges in near area - via phone and without tuition.

    and I found entry deadline for January timetable exams is in October (Edexcel), so I'll try enroll as many subject as I can revise.
    also found : Important notice: International GCSEs are not approved for use in UK state schools
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/igcse/i...px?notice=2330
    but I think they'll say how it works, when I call them
    You don't have to do all of your exams at the same centre so shop around.

    Normal gcse maths has no coursework element and you could take that in many centres. You may be able to do that in November in some centres.

    If you find nowhere else cheaper or more local for IGCSE Ealing college are worth a call
    http://www.ealingindependentcollege....am-candidates/


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    thank you for response.
    so far i found for example http://examslbc.knackhq.com/home#feesanddeadlines/
    - cost per subject 150p,
    key words in google were *private examination center igcse* and similar
    i'll keep looking for nearer center.

    I intend to find edexcel board and take exams in january, hopely it will work out
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    (Original post by pepcules)
    thank you for response.
    so far i found for example http://examslbc.knackhq.com/home#feesanddeadlines/
    - cost per subject 150p,
    key words in google were *private examination center igcse* and similar
    i'll keep looking for nearer center.

    I intend to find edexcel board and take exams in january, hopely it will work out
    Campbell Harris may work out slightly cheaper
    http://www.campbellharris.co.uk/Content.asp?ID=18


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    (Original post by pepcules)
    thank you for response.
    so far i found for example http://examslbc.knackhq.com/home#feesanddeadlines/
    - cost per subject 150p,
    key words in google were *private examination center igcse* and similar
    i'll keep looking for nearer center.

    I intend to find edexcel board and take exams in january, hopely it will work out
    Corelli would be cheaper
    http://www.corellicollege.org.uk/ext...andidates.html


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