Subjects & Academics.
What GCSE subjects do you teach?
There are SIX core subjects for Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils at Minerva's Virtual Academy. They are Maths, English Literature, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Pupils can also take up to three additional GCSEs, choosing from Business Studies. Geography, History, Computer Science, Psychology, French and Spanish. Please note these options may not be available for all year groups.
We are not offering Art as a GCSE subject but we do offer it in Year 10 and Year 11 as a weekly subject which is timetabled. It comes at an extra cost of £595. It will be focused on building a portfolio of work rather than preparing for the GCSE exam. We are currently planning to have specialists running 5 or 6 week mini-courses. The aim will be to prepare our pupils for further study either at A-level, or Foundation Art courses. It is different to our extra curricular Art Club and pupils can do both.
What exam boards do you follow?
We follow the iGCSE exam board, set by Cambridge Assessment and Pearson Edexcel. iGCSEs are becoming one of the most popular exam boards in the UK. You do not have to be a British National, nor reside in the UK, to achieve these qualifications.
Is it possible to study subjects that aren’t on the list?
Private tuition can be arranged for any pupils who wish to take extra subjects, or need extra help with subjects they find challenging. We currently have pupils studying for additional iGCSE's in Mandarin and Economics. One of our pupils is also studying for A Level French (in this case the pupil is already more advanced than iGCSE French).
What A Level subjects do you teach?
Our A Level programme will start in September 2022. Please visit our A Level page to learn more.
How are the subjects taught?
The subjects are taught through a mixture of live group lessons with other pupils and a teacher, and self-learning through our Virtual Learning Platform. Pupils work through most of the material on their own, but are also supported by a personal mentor, who ensures they stay on track and remain motivated.
What about exams?
Pupils of the Academy sit official exams and receive official results just like at "normal" school. The difference is they are registered as "private candidates" and will visit their local exam centres when the time comes. We help organise this, but it's worth noting that each exam also comes with a separate entrance fee.