IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
You've visited this page for a reason.
Whether it may be urgent or not so, we are here to propel you from where you are, to not just where you want to be, but should be.
Our educational programmes advance Veribera's core mission to alleviate your pain and disappointment by nurturing a diverse group of students and future leaders. If you're struggling with school work, understanding particular topics or want to generally improve grades, then we are here for you.
Not achieving the grades you think you deserve?
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11+ & ENTRANCE EXAMS
TIME TO START
What is 11+?
In the UK, there are over 160 grammar schools - so what's all the fuss about them?
Grammar schools select students based on their academic ability, hence the reason for 11+ entrance exams. Once selected, the pupils will be amongst others who are similar in academic performance and the schools will provide a superior academic education - all for free, as they are government funded!
There is a huge competition as the spaces are limited - hence preparation is key to obtaining a place. Each schools have their own entrance procedures which are clearly outlined on their websites yet there are major similarities.
There are also school tests for entry at 13+ and 16+, although they are not available in all grammar schools.
How can we help?
Even though the entry test for schools vary, the style and questions are predictable. They will include maths, English, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning sections, and our teachers have an extensive experience in these exams.
We will show you how the exams will be presented and ensure that you will understand various types of questions that may come up in the test! Our lessons will be tailored to the needs of individual pupils and rest assured, our highly qualified teachers will strive to get you there.
General Certificate of Secondary Education
TIME TO EXCEL
What are GCSEs?
GCSEs are academic qualifications given after the completion of British middle school, normally beginning with Year 9 or 10 (age 13 or 14) and taking exams at the end of Year 11 (age 16), receiving the results in the following summer.
A wide range of subjects are available and usually students will take 7 - 9 GCSEs, with exceptional students taking a few more. The subjects and exam boards will vary depending on the school, so it is important to check what they teach and are available to study.
How important are GCSEs?
One of the most frequent questions we get asked is, "Do I need many A*s or 9s to get an offer from a top 10 British university?"
But the journey begins from sixth form, and that's high school to the rest of the world. Your GCSE performance may well decide your entry into a good sixth form, although this isn't always the case.
And then there's the UCAS application for the university course and also which universities you can apply to. For example, many medical schools will only accept students who have obtained A or higher in core subjects (the sciences, maths and English) which restricts you if you don't have those qualifications.
So to answer the question, "how important are GCSEs?", I can safely tell you that they are very important - though it's not the end of the world, if they aren't as good as you expected. We will guide you and improve your grades - whether you're struggling in school, or simply wishing to reach for the best, our teachers will take you there. We also plan strategies for you with the grades you have, so that you can be confident that you're making the right choice.
GCE Advanced Level
THE FINAL STRIDE
What are A-levels?
A-levels are known as school leaving qualifications, required for university entrance. They are generally taught over 2 years from Year 12 to 13 (age 17 - 18) divided into AS (first year) and A2 (second year), although there is a fast track 1 year A-level course.
A wide range of subjects are available and usually students will take 3 - 4 subjects. The first year (AS) carries an enormous importance, as the sixth form will give you a prediction (predicted score) based on the first year allowing you to apply to the university of your dreams.
How important are A-Levels?
Without the required grades, you won't be able to apply to the university courses nor universities - and all of this happens in the AS-level. For example, for medicine, if you do not have predicted A*s in biology and chemistry, you will find it even more challenging to obtain a place at a medical school, or for some, not possible to apply at all.
Our teachers and mentors have extensive experience in A-levels for all exam boards and they will ensure that you will be able to unlock your potential and reach for those stars.
We have also specialised in providing consultations on your A-level choices, references, personal statements, interviews and even career choices for many years, so talk to us in confidence!
OPTIONS + OPTIONS
What is IB?
IB programme is an international equivalent of A-levels of the UK - and as IB is taught in many more countries compared to A-levels, it opens doors to more options and university choices around the world.
IB students will have to take 6 subjects - instead of 3 or 4 required for A-levels. 3 of the 6 are Higher Level (HL) and the other 3 are SL (Standard Level). HL subjects will go in more depth and you will choose those subjects that will aid you in deciding which course and universities you'll apply to.
A-Levels vs IB?
Veribera specialises and have specialised in British education for many years - yet we have helped a significant amount of students in improving IB scores, so we are experts in IB too.
We often get asked 'A-levels or IB?' and this depends entirely on what and where you're planning to apply. If your heart and mind is set on a British university, then we will advise you to study A-levels, but if you're considering universities in for instance, the US or South Korea, we would suggest taking IB instead.
Whatever your goals and plans are, we will help you achieve them - and always remember, it's never too late to change or alter your direction.
IMPORTANCE OF REVISION
Just how important is revision?
However much we concentrate in school and try our best to memorise all the facts, it definitely isn't possible to remember it all.
Which is why revision is so important - understanding and learning is a tiny part of obtaining good grades. The other significantly larger part is revision. Without revision, even the brightest amongst us won't receive the grades that they deserve.
Why is it so hard to revise? It takes huge motivation, dedication and determination to revise by yourself. We understand revision isn't the easiest thing in the world - which is why we've designed a number of revision programmes to suit your needs and circumstances. Check them out!