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How does home ed work with regard to GCSE's?

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KatyMac Sat 23-Aug-08 16:25:39

Do you buy a pack?

Or is there a syllabub you follow?

Being nosy...blush

onwardandupward Sat 23-Aug-08 16:45:58

Lots of different ways.

Some people go to an FE college to do GCSEs

Some people do GCSEs privately, getting hold of the syllabus (or syllabi) from the relevant exam board and entering as a private candidate

Some people do iGCSEs, because there tends to be a much greater exam component (often the coursework elements of GCSE are really set up for in-school assessment, of course)

Some people use online courses (AMuminScotland can tell you how that works)

Some people don't bother with GCSEs at all.

AMumInScotland Sat 23-Aug-08 18:24:43

Hi, yes my DS is doing iGCSEs through an online school. As onward says, they can be done without the coursework which can make it more straightforward, though obviously all your marks depending on exams doesn't suit everyone.

Are you thinking about home ed, or just curious?

KatyMac Sat 23-Aug-08 19:00:52

dd (who is 10) wants to do a child care/development qualification.

She is prepared to work at it quite hard (she says) but I thought I could get someone (a friend/teenager) to tutor her through a GCSE

I was a bit worried about the coursework tbh - but there seem to be options - I guess I start to research it now

I don't want to pay too much because I'm sure she will give up - but I want to show her that I have confidense in her & that I listen to her

AMumInScotland Sat 23-Aug-08 19:12:43

There are certainly plenty of ways of doing it, if she wants to get into a particular course. The online school option is not cheap, and you really have to carry on for 2 years to do it with them, so it's not a great option if you think she won't stick at it. But if you find out what she would need in the way of qualifications and work back from there, you can then concentrate on the GCSEs which are relevant. The textbooks I've seen for iGCSEs seem to cover everything and have lots of practice questions, so it might just be a question of going over bits to make sure she's understood them.

KatyMac Sat 23-Aug-08 19:16:45

I think I will start with something like a letts study aid (do they still have them?) & let her work through it. That way if she gives up all I will have lost id the cost of the tutor plus the cost of the book - if she sticks at it then I can investigate from then onwards

Is that cheating? (btw my tutor is only costing $4.80 an hour - so she won't break the bank)

AMumInScotland Sat 23-Aug-08 19:24:30

It's "using your initiative", not cheating! Good plan - there's no point spending a lot on things until you're sure she's going to get the value out of it.

KatyMac Sat 23-Aug-08 19:30:24

So off to Amazon for a cheap book

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