To get into university and progress his teaching career, Archie decided to study International GCSE Science with us online and was delighted by his results. Discover more about his story.
I'm a 25 year old Teaching assistant who has been working in my local primary school for now over 5 years. I have always wanted to go into teaching, so this experience has been vital for me to get started.
I first applied for university last year, however, I was not aware I needed a GCSE in Science in order to enrol on a teaching programme. At the time, this was very disappointing, although I knew I needed to achieve this to become a teacher.
The university I had applied to gave me a conditional offer as long as I had a GCSE in Science.
I then spent the next few weeks researching online learning providers until I came across ICS Learn.
The ICS Learn distance learning programme looked perfect for me to have the best chance in gaining a GCSE in Science, as it had all of the course content easy to access, a number of assessments to take as well as an online tutor to help when needed; all at a reasonable price with different payment options available to make it easier for people to pay.
To begin with, I found it difficult to get started with the course as you can pick and choose your own revision times. Originally, this was a problem for me as I tended to put off revision.
I then decided to make a timetable for myself in order to manage my time better; this really helped!
Whenever I found something difficult or didn't quite understand something, I was able to email my tutor and she was able to help me step by step to understand what I was finding tricky.
The next step was to book my exam. This was fairly easy and straightforward and I quickly found a nearby exam centre where I could sit my exam in the summer.
Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, the exams were all cancelled for the summer. This was hard to hear as I had worked very hard in order to pass my exam.
At this point, I was in regular contact with my tutor and she was keeping me up to date with all the changes that were happening at the time.
I then received an email through ICS Learn saying that due to the assessments I had completed online, as well as completing an upcoming online exam I would need to take, they would then have enough evidence to be able to give me a grade for my GCSE. This was brilliant news!
Once I had taken the exam I needed to wait several months to wait to see what grade I had been awarded and finally found out I had passed!
I was over the moon as this meant I could then be accepted into University for this upcoming September!
I would highly recommend ICS Learn to anyone thinking about doing any online learning to gain any needed qualifications!
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