The General Certificate of Education (GCE) is a British school advanced - level qualification necessary for entry to any UK university. It is considered the ‘ gold standard ’ of entry requirements by UK institutions and close to 90% of all students entering an English or a Welsh University usually hold three or above GCE qualifications . In addition to UK universities, GCEs are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing an exceptional preparation for university studies and as a result, are recognised by most European universities which run programmes in the English language, as well as by many American & Canadian universities .
There are almost 100 different subjects offered by the seven examination boards currently existing in the UK, with the two that have more international presence than the others being the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and the Edexcel (ex University of London) examination board.
The programme is very demanding due to the high requirements and great competition for entering the universities mentioned above. Teaching at the college is intensive, student-centred and exam-specific. Our aim is to teach the material in a clear and direct way, checking understanding by careful review and continuous practice from previous examination questions in order to develop answering skills.
It must be stressed, however, that a one-year course places a greater onus on the student to undertake additional reading as directed by the tutor, careful summarised note-taking and practice from examination-style questions. A substantial amount of preparation, to re-inforce and develop the material covered in class, is required. A one-year course should not be contemplated unless the student is willing and able to put in the necessary work. Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons and work hard during guided study time periods.
Admission criteria for this programme are the following:
The programme runs for 33 weeks with 6 academic periods per week per subject. This is an afternoon programme and commences every year on October 1st. Timetables are usually announced two weeks in advance and a minimum of two students per subject is required for the programme to run.
A-level subjects commonly taught (not restricted list) are:
- Further Mathematics
UK4U also offers more rigorous courses suited for students who require an intensive Christmas, Easter or summer course of specific amount of hours, which will be based on revision work and past paper preparation, in order to prepare better for their examinations or in order to re-take an examination. More specifically: