GCSE and IGCSE Courses

GCSE English


Complete the GCSE and IGCSE course and learn how to communicate effectively. 

GCSE Maths


Develop important mathematical skills and learn confidence with numbers.

GCSE English and Maths


Learn both Maths and English skills. This is a great course to build the fundamentals.

Welcome to our GCSE and IGCSE home schooling courses.


What is included?

In our courses we will provide:

  • Progression tracking
  • Video lessons
  • PDF course materials
  • Access to our online library
  • Assignment answers
  • Quizzes
  • Exam papers with mark schemes

Why choose Abstract Learn?

With parents choosing to home school rising, it can be hard to know where to start. We provide all the resources and lessons you need to home educate your child. GCSEs are an incredibly important stage in everyone’s life so it is important to have a structured plan that can help both you and your child navigate each subject.

What is GCSE and IGCSE?

GCSE and IGCSE are both qualifications offered by the UK government for students in secondary school. IGCSE is the international version which can be completed internationally in 130+ countries and is considered equivalent to GCSE. They cover similar materials, and students typically choose one or the other depending on their educational goals and location. Here are the key differences between GCSE and IGCSE Maths and English.


GCSE Maths and English

The GCSE Maths and English exams are essential for students who want to study at primary school or college level. The exams cover various topics, including basic algebra, geometry, and statistics. In addition, the exams also test students’ reading and writing skills.

Students can prepare for the GCSE Maths and English exams by utilising a range of study materials and practice exam papers. They should also make sure that they understand the concepts covered in the exams. In addition, students should practice answering questions under time pressure.

The GCSE Maths and English exams are typically held in the May/June series with resits in November. Students can register for the exams through a private exam centre or local school.

IGCSE Maths and English

IGCSE Maths and English are international qualifications offered by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) and Pearson Edexcel. IGCSE Maths is a rigorous and challenging qualification covering a range of mathematical skills and knowledge. The syllabus includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and numbers. Students who pass the IGCSE Maths exam will be well-prepared for further study in mathematics and related subjects.

IGCSE English is a qualification that tests students’ reading, writing, and communication skills. The syllabus includes grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and essay writing. Students who pass the IGCSE English exam will be well-prepared for additional study in English language and related subjects.

Examinations will normally be sat twice a year, providing more options for learners.


GCSE vs IGCSE Maths and English — What's the difference?

The most obvious difference between GCSE and IGCSE is the fact that GCSEs generally includes more coursework than IGCSE and IGCSE is more exam based. This makes IGCSE ideal for home schooled learners and private candidates as it is easier to find a private exam centre to facilitate examinations.

IGCSEs are available in the 1-9 grading system or the older A*-U grading system, which many international schools still use.

It was generally thought that IGCSE was more difficult than GCSE but this related to the fact that IGCSE was more exam based than GCSE. With recent changes in GCSE studies, this is no longer the case and it is now considered that both are equally as difficult as each other.


Being internationally accepted, learners are able to start their IGCSE course in one country and then pick up where they left off in another country, meaning it offers total flexibility, whereas GCSE is mainly UK based.

Which qualification is right for you?

To sum things up, GCSE and IGCSE are both excellent qualifications, but IGCSE offers greater flexibility for private candidates and learners studying outside of the UK. The best way to decide which qualification is right for you is to speak with your course advisor. They will be able to provide you with detailed information about each qualification and help you choose the one that’s best suited to your needs.

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