Why study GCSEs online?

With a wide range of GCSE subject choices available for Secondary and International GCSEs, live lessons are brought to life through interactive technology.

Studying online with King’s InterHigh is flexible, revolves around your lifestyle and is also key to promoting independent learning and further enquiry. We strive to have the best online GCSE courses, led by experienced teachers.

International GCSEs are recognised around the world and by top universities and employers. Explore our subjects

About GCSE online courses UK

All core International GCSE subjects follow the exam board Edexcel. The programme for each subject is both engaging and promotes independent learning and further enquiry.

GCSEs and International GCSEs are followed by thousands of schools in the UK and internationally and are recognised around the world. These qualifications develop transferable skills that are sought-after by top universities and employers.

Studying online with King’s InterHigh means you get the same qualifications as students attending in-person schools, but with the added benefits and flexibility that come with online learning. We offer a core of 7 International GCSE courses online at Key Stage 4.

Online GCSE resources and social activities

Studying GCSE Maths, GCSE Science and GCSE English with King's InterHigh means 24/7 access to school resources and the ability to go back to lessons at any point during the year. Students can catch up on lessons, revisit complex topics and access resources at any time.

King’s InterHigh has many ways for students to socialise online and outside of lesson time. We have clubs and house competitions and our own social network for students to socialise in a safe space. We hold in-person trips, events and even a Summer Ball!

How we teach

King’s InterHigh uses an online learning platform and lesson library for delivery and 24/7 access to subject materials. Classes are timetabled and lessons are taught live by qualified UK teachers trained in online teaching and learning.

All lessons are recorded. Depending on the subject and age of student, subjects may include a “lead” lesson (seminar) and an “explore” lesson (tutorial of up to 20 students). Students apply the knowledge they have learned through “apply” or homework assignments and are assessed regularly through summative and formative assessments. Teachers use online break out rooms, chats, polls, quizzes as well as virtual simulations to encourage student interaction and foster engagement and understanding with the topic being discussed.

Steps to selecting your GCSE subject package

Our King’s InterHigh package comes standard with a minimum of 7 subjects at a set price. Explore all of our subject choices here.

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3 Subjects

Core subjects

All students will study: GCSE Maths, GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language. Courses are included as core subjects and cannot be switched.

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Choose 1 subject

Core science option

Pupils then select one science to study, from a choice of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. It is possible to add more sciences at a later stage if pupils would like to study more than one.

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Choose 1 subject

Core humanities option

Pupils then select one humanity subject, from a choice of Geography or History. It is possible to add the second humanity at the next step, if pupils would like to study both.

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Choose 2 subjects

Two additional options

At this point, a pupil will have selected 5 out of the 7 subjects included in the standard price of their core package. The remaining 2 subjects can be selected from our full subject offering, including sciences, humanities, additional and assured subjects.

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Assured and additional subjects

It is possible to study more than 7 GCSE subjects with King’s InterHigh. Any additional subjects will be charged at an additional fee, per subject, per year.

Looking for help choosing subjects? Contact our team

Depending on the subjects chosen, timetable clashes may occur. If this does happen, students can opt for recordings instead of live lessons. Please speak to our admissions team if you would like to find out more about selecting your subjects, or if you’re looking for guidance on subject selection or progression pathways.

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Core subjects

Science and Humanities options

Additional subject options

Assured subjects


Please be aware, Assured Subjects are not full IGCSE qualifications and therefore they would not count as IGCSE equivalents on a college or university application. However, they can complement pupils’ studies, exploring a particular interest or helping to develop an art or photography portfolio.

GCSE Online FAQs

You can study fulltime for your GCSEs online with a virtual school. Online GCSE courses are becoming more popular, with online classrooms offering all the benefits of a traditional school, plus added flexibility. You have the benefit of being able to learn from anywhere in the world and access lesson recordings at any time too.

Quality, online GCSE courses are designed to replicate traditional schooling, whilst making use of the most innovative technologies. They bring studies to life whilst engaging with students in a virtual setting. Throughout the pandemic, the world experienced a shift in the way that we approached our work and school days, but the positive outcome is that many are exploring the benefits that online schooling can bring. Here at King’s InterHigh, we have been teaching the British Curriculum online for over 16 years. Students study with us for their International GCSEs from all over the world, in a way that is flexible to their lifestyle.

If you are exploring the possibility of studying for your GCSEs outside of the traditional schooling route, the support of an online school can give you much more structure than learning the syllabus on your own. You can be confident that every topic of the official GCSE subject curriculum is covered, and you have the support of expert, qualified teachers every step of the way. Studying online also means you can learn in smaller class groups, so you get all the support you deserve, in a distraction-free learning environment.

If you are looking to move your study from a physical school to online education, click here to read our tips for transitioning to doing your GCSEs online.

Online learning can be a wonderful way to study for your GCSEs outside of a traditional school. Online schooling revolves around the individual. Along with the flexibility to study anywhere at any time, virtual schools, such as King’s InterHigh, offer students a broad range of subject options, plus the ability to learn from specialist, qualified teachers. Plus, with the flexibility of recorded lessons which are available 24/7, there is no need to worry about timetabling clashes or other commitments stopping our students from studying the exact choices they desire. You can revisit or catch up on lessons whenever you need.

There are many reasons why students may wish to take GCSEs subjects outside of school. The curriculum options available at the local school may not include all the subjects that learners are interested in. Or timetabling restrictions may limit the number of GCSEs you can take up. Students are often looking outside of school to take all the subjects they want to, and cover topics needed for future careers and aspirations.

Studying for your GCSEs online could also mean you can get started with your GCSEs earlier than the British schooling system usually allows. King’s InterHigh alumnus, Kieran Bjegstrom, studied his GCSEs at age 13 and went on to study Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University by the age of 15. Other students might consider online GCSEs so that they can study at their own pace due to struggles in past schooling, commitments outside of their schoolwork, or if they are retaking their GCSEs.

To see if online GCSEs could work for you, click here.

If you are already studying for your GCSEs, at home or at a local school, and are looking for extra support outside of school, King’s InterHigh’s 3-subject package allows students to enrol and select extra GCSEs. These additional GCSEs can be taken alongside in-school learning, or to support home educators studying their GCSEs from home. For more information on the support we offer for homeschooling online, click here.

Studying with an online school opens the door to a wide range of GCSE subjects. This includes the core GCSE subjects of Mathematics, English and Sciences, as well as languages, humanities and more. Most GCSEs that are taught in traditional schools can now be found online, with the same British curriculum.

At King’s InterHigh, we cover 18 different International GCSE subjects online, as well as 7 assured subjects to complement your IGCSE curriculum. These are more vocational subjects, such as Art & Design or Photography, which will allow you to develop practical skills, explore a particular interest or help in producing a creative portfolio. IGCSEs, or International GCSES, are recognised as equivalent to GCSEs by employers and top universities around the world.

Our 18 online International GCSE subjects include:

  • Core subjects (English Language, English Literature, and Mathematics)
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Further Mathematics, Computer Science)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Arabic, and Spanish)
  • Humanities (Geography, History, Business Studies, Psychology and Religious Studies)

This covers a broad spectrum of the British Curriculum, with plenty of choice when it comes to picking GCSEs that will prepare you for A Levels or college, and beyond. Click here to view the range of online GCSE subjects we offer at King’s InterHigh.

Usually there are no entry requirements to study your GCSEs online, just the same as there are no entry requirements to study GCSEs with a traditional school. Some online GCSE schools may require an entry test, however, at King’s InterHigh we offer an inclusive education at all levels, with no academic entry requirements to join us at GCSE level (other than a proficient level of English in order to participate in lessons and studies).

The purpose of GCSEs is to provide students with nationally and internationally recognised qualifications which allow higher education institutions, like colleges and universities, as well as future employers, to understand how an individual’s intelligence compares with another’s. To keep GCSEs fair, the exams must remain open to all abilities, so that every individual has the same opportunity to demonstrate their intelligence.

GCSEs not only test academic ability, but they also equip students with skills they can use for years to come. GCSEs teach a responsibility to take ownership of your learning, collaborate with peers on group projects and understand the examinations process. This all helps to prepare students for life after GCSEs, with a foundation of skills ready to be built upon.

In the British education system, GCSEs are usually completed in Key Stage 4, when students are aged between 14 and 16 years old. Key Stage 4 is the term given to the two years of education for students in Year 10 and Year 11.

GCSEs are assessed through coursework and exams, and are taken by the majority of Key Stage 4 students following the British Curriculum. Students will usually study for their GCSEs over two years, through Year 10 and most of Year 11, with most exams taking place towards the end of Year 11.

GCSEs are a very important stage in student’s academic life, and for many, it may be the first time taking external examinations to earn a qualification. GCSEs prompt students to explore different study methods, work alongside their peers and learn to cope with the pressures that come with exams. This means that when they come to progress to A Levels, BTECs, the IB Diploma or T Levels, students have not just a broad academic understanding, but have developed their personal skills to be able to cope with the next step up.

King’s InterHigh delivers the Key Stage 4 British curriculum of GCSEs to students around the world with highly qualified teachers. Find out more about who online GCSEs are for, by clicking here.

Usually, students take between 7 and 9 GCSE subjects. This number is recommended so that you can develop a broad academic understanding, whilst not overloading you when it comes to taking your exams. Most schools will request GCSE Maths and GCSE English as compulsory subjects, as most Sixth Forms and Colleges have an entry requirement of these subjects at grade 4 or above. In addition to this, most will want you to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

Universities are now increasingly looking at GCSE results, as well as A Levels or BTEC, to decide who they offer places too. Lots of Sixth Form and College students apply to universities with similar A Level or BTEC results, so succeeding at GCSEs is another way to prove yourself a worthy candidate to universities.

You can always take more subjects if there is a certain topic you would love to learn more about. Online learning gives you the opportunity to take extra GCSE subjects, which isn’t possible at most traditional schools. Online lesson recordings are especially useful for revisiting tricky topics or to catch up on lessons you miss due to timetable clashes or personal commitments.

Whilst it is tempting to try and study as many subjects as possible at GCSE, make sure you are not overworking yourself. It is more important to focus on better grades in less subjects, than trying to take on too much and sacrificing your grades. If you would like advice on choosing your GCSE options or what subjects are recommended for certain progression pathways, click here to get in touch with our admissions team.

No GCSE subject is ‘better’ to take than another. Most universities and employers will ask for the core subjects of English and Maths, as these develop the vital skills for you to be able to take the next steps in your studies. In these core subjects, you develop your analytical skills, learn to problem solve and think creatively. Alongside these core subjects, you are free to choose a selection of subjects which you feel you will enjoy and that will set you up for your future education and career.

It is important when choosing your subjects to think about what you want to do after studying your GCSEs, and which subjects will align best with these future plans. Thinking ahead to your future career, or the industry you would love to work in can be a great starting point, and you can plan from there. Try researching your ideal A Levels or degree choices. Universities, Colleges and Sixth Forms will usually have on their websites the subjects they would recommend taking for various careers or university courses.

For example, if you would love to study Economics at university, you might see that this requires you to have studied Maths, Business and/or Economics at A Level. With this in mind, you want to choose GCSE subjects which will prepare you for this. Alongside Maths, which is a compulsory GCSE option at most schools, you may want to take Business Studies at GCSE too, so that you can start to develop your understanding of the subject and the skills needed to succeed in it as soon as possible.

If you are not set on a future pathway just yet, there is no need to worry. A good starting point is to consider what you really enjoy learning. Often, the subject you enjoy the most will be the one you have the highest grades in, and potentially lead to a career you enjoy too!

GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs are the exams which students following the British Curriculum take between the ages of 14 and 16. Students start preparing for GCSEs in Year 10 and usually take their exams at the end of Year 11.

GCSEs are usually a student’s first encounter with gaining a formal qualification, and so they prepare students for the pressures that come with higher education. GCSEs are an opportunity for students to expand their academic knowledge and develop their study skills too. They can explore new subjects and discover which they have a passion for. Colleges, Sixth Forms and universities look to GCSEs to understand a student’s knowledge base, but also as an indication of a student’s personal attributes and study skills.

IGCSEs, which is what we offer at King’s InterHigh, are International GCSEs. Both GCSEs and IGCSEs are equally highly valued by universities and employers around the world. Most students take approximately 9 GCSE subjects and there may be a mixture of coursework and exams, depending on the individual subject. Take a look at the IGCSEs we offer, by clicking here.

Depending on your individual learning style, different revision techniques will work better than others when revising for GCSE exams. Trying out some different methods to find the best one for your style of learning will allow you to learn more efficiently in the future.

If you are an auditory learner, which means you learn best through speaking and listening, you may find it helpful to read your notes aloud. You can also try recording yourself reading key information and listening back to your notes as often as you can. With online GCSEs, you have the bonus of lesson recordings being available 24/7, so you have all your lessons in an audio format already – perfect for recapping.

If you learn by doing, known as active or kinaesthetic learning, try to keep active and incorporate practical activities whilst you revise. Take some revision cards on a walk with you. By associating your revision with physical activity, it can help to jog your memory when you are trying to recall key information. You can also try writing out key points again and again or create quizzes for yourself, to test your memory. Repetition is key if you are a kinaesthetic learner.

You may prefer to learn through images, diagrams and colourful notes – this means you are a visual learner. To make your revision more effective, rather than writing out lots of words, try to display your notes in a visual way such as in a mind map. Try to group topics with colours and draw as many diagrams as you can to represent information. It can also be beneficial to watch videos. Studying your GCSEs online allows you to watch back lesson recordings at any time, so you have access to a whole library of revision content, ready for you to revise from.

Attend our next online open event

Register for our next online open event to meet teachers, parents and pupils. Open events are hosted by King’s InterHigh’s expert staff and teachers. Through the course of the event, we discuss the curriculum, demonstrate how live lessons work and explore the learning platform.