Frequently Asked Questions


How do I enrol my child?

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.


What kind of computer and other equipment will I need for my child's online learning?

All of our systems can be accessed using your home computer or laptop, providing you have the following:

  • a fast and reliable computer (at least a 1GHz processor and a minimum of 1GB of RAM)
  • a broadband internet connection with a minimum of 400 kbps upload
    and download speed
  • an HD-Webcam
  • working headphones with a microphone
  • a printer
  • Microsoft Teams software installed on the computer
  • a mouse pen or a tablet with a stylus is a plus, but not required


When can my child start classes?

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.


What are the term dates?

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.


What happens if we enrol part-way through the academic year?

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.


Which year group should my child be enrolled in?

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.


Will I have to buy textbooks?

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.


What is the cost?
  • The enrolment fee is a one-time, non-refundable payment of £150.
  • Tuition fees vary depending on your child’s year group and how many courses they take. For a list of exact prices, click here.
  • The cost of books will vary. A complete list of titles your child needs will be provided by our Admissions Team during enrolment.
  • Sitting exams at Cambridge International Exam Centres requires a separate fee. You’ll be provided with a list of exam centres and contact details during the admissions process.


How can I pay?

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.


What if we change our minds after enrolment?

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.


Is there a minimum number of courses a child must take each term?

We don’t have a fixed minimum, but we strongly recommend each Primary and Lower Secondary student enrols in the core Maths, English and Science courses at a minimum.


Do we have to travel to the UK for exams?

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.


Who accepts Cambridge Qualifications?

Cambridge Qualifications are accepted by prestigious universities around the world, including US Ivy League universities and all universities in the UK.


Can I apply for a scholarship award?

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:

  • At least 7 subjects for Cambridge Lower Secondary Level
  • At least 7 subjects for Cambridge Upper Secondary Level (iGCSEs)
  • At least 4 subjects for Cambridge Advanced Level (AS & A Level)
  • The scholarship is not available for Primary Level Students


Are you registered with Cambridge Assessment International Education?

Yes, 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.

You can also find our name on the official register of Cambridge Online Schools here.