Simply ﬁll out our online enrolment application form. Once we’ve received it, our Admissions Team will contact you within 48 hours and guide you through the next steps of the enrolment process. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and offer a course recommendation based on your child’s previous school work and your input.
All of our systems can be accessed using your home computer or laptop, providing you have the following:
We require that you apply at least 3 weeks before the date you intend for your child to start classes.
For Cambridge Primary (Year 3-6) and Cambridge Lower Secondary (Year 7, 8, and 9) pupils can join throughout the academic year.
For Cambridge Upper Secondary (IGCSE – Year 10 and 11) as well as Cambridge Advanced (Year 12 and 13) we strongly recommend that your child doesn’t join past the halfway point of the academic year. We suggest a start date no later than the October half-term since exam speciﬁcations can turn out to be different from the material your child has previously studied. However, our Admissions Team is happy to review your circumstances and make exceptions when appropriate.
The UK school year consists of three terms:
Autumn term – September – December
Spring term – January – March
Summer term – April – July
For speciﬁc calendar year dates including speciﬁc start dates and holidays, click here.
If a student joins us mid-year, our academic staff and instructors will design a catch-up plan speciﬁc to his or her needs. One-on-one tutoring is also always available.
We begin with Year 3 (age 7-8 ) and teach students up to Year 13 (age 18-19). However, we do not force students to adhere to strict conventional class designations based on age. Our Admissions Team can arrange assessment tests in Maths, English and Science to determine the appropriate year group for your child.
Yes, a list of required books will be provided to you during the enrolment process. Many of the books you’ll need are available from Amazon or a similar delivery company in your area. We are also happy to order the books for you and ship them to your location.
We offer a wide range of ﬂexible payment options. You can pay by the month, by the term, or annually via direct debit with a UK bank account. You can also pay by international bank transfer, or by credit card via the secure payment system on our website.
If you decide to leave us before your child attends his or her ﬁrst lesson, you will receive a full refund of tuition fees. (The £150 enrolment fee is non-refundable.)
If you decide to leave us once your child has already begun attending classes, we require a full term’s notice in writing on or before a term’s ﬁrst day to qualify for withdrawal at the end of that term. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information here.
For Cambridge Primary, the minimum number of subjects is six: English, Mathematics, Science, ICT Starters, Global Perspectives and Art & Design.
For Cambridge Secondary and Cambridge Advanced, we don’t have a ﬁxed minimum, but we strongly recommend each student enrol in the core Maths, English and Science courses at a minimum.
No. For Primary and Lower Secondary students (Years 3-6 and Years 7-9 respectively), all exams are in-house, online exams administered by us.
For Upper Secondary and Advanced students (Years 10-13 ) requiring exams like the International GCSEs or A/AS Levels, your child will need to sit exams at an official Cambridge International Exam Centre. We will provide you with a complete list, including contact information.
Cambridge Qualiﬁcations are accepted by prestigious universities around the world, including US Ivy League universities and all universities in the UK.
We welcome applications for scholarships from exceptional students. Our scholarships fund allows us to offer a small number of scholarship awards of up to 50% of the tuition fees.
To apply for a scholarship award, please submit a COA International application form explaining the student’s area of strength and why they should be considered for a scholarship award.
Please note, to be considered for a scholarship award, your child must take a minimum number of subjects as follows:
Originally COA stood for Cambridge Online Academy. In 2022 we changed our name from Cambridge Online Academy to COA International.
The reason for this change was to remove the word ‘Cambridge’ from our brand name, as people were confusing us with the University of Cambridge.
Although we are registered as an Online Cambridge International School, we are not part of the University of Cambridge.
We are registered with Cambridge Assessment International Education, a department of the University of Cambridge, to offer Cambridge education programmes. This means we were thoroughly inspected by them and passed their quality assurance assessment. You can check our registration certificate here.
Our website now clearly states that COA International is a registered online Cambridge International School. You can also find our name on the official register of Cambridge Online Schools here.
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