British universities normally expect qualifications at two levels - GCSE and Advanced Level (A-Level).
CCSS offers A-Level and English Language courses, and also GCSE and Pre-IB courses that students normally take before their A-Levels.
Universities will often accept overseas qualifications (such as graduation from secondary school) instead of GCSE. There are only a few overseas secondary school qualifications which British universities accept as being fully equivalent to A-Levels. Although some of the less popular universities may accept a student solely on the basis of overseas qualifications, most will not.
If you tell us what qualifications you have, and what you want to study at university, we can advise you on what universities will ask for.
The better-known UK universities have many applicants to choose from and most will expect students to have good A-Level results. Lesser-known universities sometimes accept students who have taken part in a pre-university Foundation course. However, A-Levels are accepted by all British universities, whereas Foundation courses are only accepted by a more limited number and unlike A-Levels are not a recognised qualification in their own right. This is why CCSS does not offer Foundation courses which limit university choice and are not a recognised free-standing qualification.
All universities want a recognised qualification in English Language. There are several which they will accept: GCSE, IGCSE, the NEAB Test, the Cambridge Proficiency exam, IELTS, etc. Other English Language exams, such as TOEFL, are accepted by some but not all universities.
CCSS has an excellent record of good marks in IELTS exams. The IELTS exam is marked out of 9. Most universities will accept a mark of 6.5, some accept 6.0, and a few require 7.0, especially for courses such as Law which require very good English.
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