F.A.Q - { Frequently Asked Questions }


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  • FAQ For Applied Subjects

O-Level (Click on the Question to show Answer)

The GCE is one of the most internationally recognised qualifications. You can take this qualification at the Ordinary (O) or the Advanced (A) levels, depending on what you need it for and the course you intend to follow. The Ordinary level has been replaced by GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in UK schools; however, it is still available to international students. We advise you to take a preparation course that specifically follows a syllabus if you want to take either of these exams

An Ordinary Level or O-level is the first standard examination in the United Kingdom as well as many other countries. It is the first qualification for further education. Typically, students at the age of 15-16 are taken this examination for their higher studies. A student can take any number of O-level subjects. It is mainly depended on the qualifications that they are chosen institution asks for. Most of our students in O-Level take up to 8 O-levels after studying for 2-3 years in their chosen subjects. O levels exams are required as to get admitted to the A levels.

Any one who has completed class-X can sit for O-Level Examination. In Bangladesh, most of the schools are following either the London examinations’ or the Cambridge examinations’ GCE syllabus. In InCIS we are also following both of the syllabuses for our students. Students can take tuition for both of the syllabus from us to sit for their O-Level examination.

At present, we are affiliated by the Edexcel International for London Examination. Student can register for their all O-Level examinations from us. For Cambridge syllabus, student must register from their respective school (That school must have affiliation from Cambridge Local Examination) but they can take extra assistances from us regarding tuition and registration.

In order to register for an O level exam student will need to complete an Entry Form which will become available at the InCIS office or they can collect it from the British Council offices or by using the online registration form at http://www.bd-britishcouncilexams.org/. This form will also be available at any Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh and on this website. Forms usually become available for January examinations in early August of the preceding year. For May/June examinations, they are available in early December of the preceding year.

Prior to completing the form you should read the Registration Instructions which will become available at the same time as the Entry Form.

The submission dates for entries are specified on the entry form. For Edexcel exams, it is normally the first two weeks of September for January examinations and the first two weeks of December for the May/June examinations. For CIE exams, it is normally January for the May/June exams and July for November exams

Examination fees can vary according to the examination board and subject. Details of the exact fee will be given on the Entry Form and accompanying instructions.

Fees are payable in Taka and can be paid at any Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh. Examination fees paid cannot be transferred from one examination session to another. The full fees are payable for each separate examination session.

Late entries are accepted only in exceptional cases for valid reasons, and candidates are subject to late fees (usually double the refular amount). It is entirely at the discretion of the Overseas Authority and Edexcel to accept a late entry or the addition of a subject or subjects to an entry already made. Requests for late or additional entries must be made in writing with a full account of the circumstances to the Examinations Manager, the British Council, Dhaka and within the last date for late entries.

Copies of the current Regulations and Syllabuses are available for purchase from the British Council Examinations Services. Regulations and syllabuses are also available only for the registered student of InCIS on the “InCIS student group” site.

You can contact our office for more information and advice on GCE exams and other UK qualifications you can take with us.

Phone: 880-2-9122767
Mobile: 01715961971 and 01712131480 or email at : information@incis.info or submit an online query form.

 

A-Level (Click on the Question to show Answer)

An A-level is an Advanced level GCE qualification. This exam is normally taken after two years of A-level study, and after you have taken your O-level exams. You can take any number of A-levels; and will often depend on the qualifications that your chosen institution has asked for. In the UK, many college students take three or four A-levels for their final two years of study.

Any one who has completed O-Level Examination under any board in UK can take A-Level for their higher studies. In Bangladesh, most of the schools are following either the London examinations’ or the Cambridge examinations’ GCE syllabus. In InCIS we are also following both of the syllabuses for our students. Students can take tuition for both of the syllabus from us to sit for their A-Level examination.

To achieve best possible higher studies from any top-class universities in the world, you must have A-Level as a prerequisite. Good A-level results can ensure your access to undergraduate studies. A-level qualifications can also give you access to professional and vocational courses.

We offer a wide range of Edexcel and CIE exams. Click here for the list of courses we offer.However, some exams require special facilities or an accredited examiner, which we cannot provide. Please contact The British Council at Dhaka for an updated list of the subjects we currently offer.

In Bangladesh, some schools follow the GCE syllabus to prepare their pupils for taking A level exams. If you attend one of these schools, you should enquire at the school about how you can register and sit for the exams.

At present, we are affiliated by the Edexcel International for London Examination. Student can register for their all A-Level examinations from us. For Cambridge syllabus, student must register from their respective school (That school must have affiliation from Cambridge Local Examination) but they can take extra assistances from us regarding tuition and registration.

In order to register for an A level exam student will need to complete an Entry Form which will become available at the InCIS office or they can collect it from the British Council offices. This form will also be available at any Standard Chartered Bank in Bangladesh and on this website. Forms usually become available for January examinations in early August of the preceding year. For May/June examinations, they are available in early December of the preceding year.

Prior to completing the form you should read the Registration Instructions which will become available at the same time as the Entry Form.

The submission dates for entries are specified on the entry form. For Edexcel exams, it is normally the first two weeks of September for January examinations and the first two weeks of December for the May/June examinations. For CIE exams, it is normally January for the May/June exams and July for November exams.

Examination fees vary according to the board, subject and numbers of subjects being taken. As for Jan 2011 it was tk 7000 for each O-level Subject. Details of the exact fee will be given on the Entry Form and accompanying instructions.

Fees are payable in Taka and can be paid at designated Standard Chartered Banks in Bangladesh.

Examination fees paid cannot be transferred from one examination session to another. The full fees are payable for each separate examination session.

Late entries are accepted only in exceptional cases for valid reasons, and candidates are subject to late fees. It is entirely at the discretion of the Overseas Authority and EDEXCEL to accept a late entry or the addition of a subject or subjects to an entry already made. Requests for late or additional entries must be made in writing with a full account of the circumstances to the Examinations Manager, the British Council, Dhaka.

Copies of the current Regulations and Syllabuses are available for purchase from the British Council Examinations Services. Regulations and syllabuses are also available only for the registered student of InCIS on the “InCIS student group” site.

You can contact our office for more information and advice on GCE exams and other UK qualifications you can take with us.

Phone: 880-2-9122767
Mobile: 01715961971 and 01712131480 or email at : information@incis.info or submit an online query form.

 

Reference: The Bristish Council Bangladesh WebSite.

Questions (Click on the Question to show Answer)

These are nine new GCEs developed in response to QCAs decision for all Awarding Bodies to withdraw their current VCE provision

Edexcel has consulted a wide number of schools, colleges and employers while developing the new qualifications to make sure that they meet your needs

The new GCEs in applied subjects are designed to:

  • provide a broad introduction to a vocational area in an applied context
  • be delivered through work-related contexts
  • allow students to gain an understanding of a vocational sector
  • provide a broad educational basis for further training, higher education, or progression to appropriate employment within a vocational sector.

If they are already on the VCE six unit, they can top up for the last time in September 2011 to the VCE 12 unit.

No. If they want to offer this type of opportunity in future, then they must register on the new GCE 6 unit in September 2011, and then top up with the GCE 12 unit in Sept 2010.

No. It will not be possible to start on one course and convert across to the other. There is no reason for anyone to start a 6 unit VCE this September, which would leave them stranded after next summer. They should all start the GCE. Anyone who has already started the VCE has the opportunity to finish it over the coming year.

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QCA has informed us that the current VCE should be withdrawn by all Awarding Bodies with the final summer examinations being held in 2006.

Our extensive new portfolio reflects our continuing commitment to this sector.  Edexcel will be offering nine subjects to succeed the current VCE offer:
Single Award (6 units) – 3 & 6 unit qualification available

  • Engineering
  • Leisure Studies
  • Media
  • Performing Arts

Double Award (12 units) – 3, 6 & 12 unit qualification available

All nine GCEs in applied subjects are available for first teaching from September 2005. Currently InCIS is offering four of them.

We have changed:

  • The modes of assessment, in order to enhance student achievement.
  • The units offered for each title, each now taking account of the revised subject criteria and the feedback from centres on the units in the current VCE qualifications.
  • The number of titles we offer.

After careful consideration, the following titles will not be included in the new GCE portfolio:

  • Science
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail & Distributive Services
  • Construction & the Built Environment
  • Hospitality & Catering

Science:
GCE in Biology, Biology (Human), Biology (Salters-Nuffield), Chemistry, Chemistry (Nuffield), Physics and Physics (Salters-Horners)
BTEC National Awards in Applied Science (Applied Biology), Applied Science (Applied Chemistry), Applied Science (Applied Physics)
BTEC National Award and Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) (under development)
BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science (Medical Science)
BTEC National Award in Applied Science (Forensic Science) (under development)
BTEC National Certificates in Applied Science (Forensic Science), and Applied Science (Laboratory & Industrial Science)
BTEC National Diplomas in Applied Science (Forensic Science), and Applied Science (Laboratory & Industrial Science)
Manufacturing:
BTEC National Award in Engineering
BTEC National Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering
BTEC National Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering
Retail:
BTEC National Award in Retail
BTEC National Certificate in Retail
BTEC National Diploma in Retail
BTEC National Award in Logistics (under development)
BTEC National Certificate in Logistics (under development)

Construction & the Built Environment:
BTEC National Award in Construction
BTEC National Certificate in Construction
BTEC National Diploma in Construction
BTEC National Certificate in Civil Engineering
BTEC National Diploma in Civil Engineering
BTEC National Certificate in Building Services Engineering
BTEC National Diploma in Building Services Engineering
Hospitality and Catering:
BTEC National Certificate in Hospitality Supervision
BTEC National Diploma in Hospitality Supervision

Specifications are currently on the Edexcel Website HERE.

To ensure a seamless transition, Edexcel will provide you with ongoing information and support, in preparation for the first teaching of the new specifications from September 2005.
Mapping of VCE to the new GCE can be found on this website alongside the Specification and the sample assessment material.  See www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/gce/

Specification guides are currently being written. We are offering a series of Professional Development and Training events to support these qualifications - click here. A number of publishers are developing student textbooks and teacher resource packs for some subjects.

A new training programme will be published for events we are offering from September 2005.

New GCEs in applied subjects
June 2004 - An information sheet will be sent to all current Edexcel centres
July 2004 - Anticipated accreditation from QCA
Autumn 2004 – Introduction of the new GCEs through free subject specific information events
October 2004 - March 2005 Accredited Specifications were sent to centres
September 2005 - First teaching of the new specifications
Summer 2006 – First assessment of the new GCEs (AS units only)
(January assessment opportunities are indicated in the specifications)
January and Summer 2007 - First assessment for A2 units as indicated in Specifications

Last start date for teaching of a two-year course is September 2004
Last start date for teaching of a one-year course is September 2005

Last summer examinations are summer 2006

Last re-sit opportunity is January 2007.
Tests will only be availbale on demand. Centres must inform Edexcel by September 15th 2006 if they wish to enter students. We will only prepare papers where a request has been made by that date.

Last Certification is March 2007

Fees will be in line with similar Edexcel qualifications


 

 

 

 

 


 

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