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ICS Real Stories: Vicky | Online GCSE English Review

Vicky Harding

GCSE English Language

Vicky Harding passed her IGCSE English Language last summer after studying online with us and she's now one step closer to her dream career of being a paramedic.


Two years ago, I decided to take a complete U-turn in my career choice. I wanted to go from being a manager at a well-known high street and online distribution centre to become a paramedic!

I didn’t get the GCSE grades required when I was at school. The highest I achieved was a D grade.

After looking into the requirements to get into the ambulance service, it was clear I needed to put some work in and get some better grades.

I decided to choose ICS Learn due to the flexibility of the learning times and the fact that I was working full-time, so I needed to fit in my studies when I could.

I did have reservations regarding signing up due to the cost, but after shopping around I found ICS Learn had the best deal available and even offered discounts for multiple subjects.

Studying with ICS Learn was really good and the online tutors were supportive and helpful.

I could study at my own pace and the tutors were available to set study plans when I felt I was falling behind. No question was deemed as a silly question either, people learn at different paces and the tutors always put me at ease.

When it came time to actually sit my exams I didn’t feel too nervous as there are more mature students than I thought. There were around twenty external candidates sitting the same exam as me at the same time.

When I collected my results I was ecstatic, I got a grade 8 (old A*) in English Language and I couldn’t believe it!

I am currently studying two more subjects to enable me to progress in my career.

Hopefully this time next year I will be well on my way to my dream job and if I can do it at 36 years old then anybody can!

I have already recommended ICS Learn to a colleague and I would recommend them to anybody wanting to gain the results they have always wanted. 


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