A-level results… again?

Some rather shockingly good news!

Both Maryam’s and Danyal’s Physics A-level results were revised from a B to an A.

Definitely no resit now!

Author: Asim Qureshi

Passionate about tech startups, home schooling, barefoot running and squash.

5 thoughts on “A-level results… again?”

  1. Assalamu Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. First of all I would really like to thank you for sharing your stories and wonderful advice for the world to see, education really isn’t at all as big of a hassle as it made out to be if you do it right and use your time efficiently. I had a few questions I had a few questions I would like to ask you I’m hoping you’ll take the time out to answer these. First of all, what kind of education had your children received before you started with the igcse course i.e. did they have any foundation or did you decide to expose them to igcse’s straight away? Secondly, when they do for example the mathematics past papers in the very beginning, do they do a paper per day in exam conditions or simply work through the paper at their own pace while doing khan academy at the same time? How would they manage to do questions straight away without knowing at all what to do? Also, did you use the ‘past paper from day one’ approach for all the igcse’s they did or only specific ones and did you use the official textbooks? Finally, this may be a bit of a personal question but do they also do religious studies as well or only secular? Thank you very much in advance.


    1. WS M, my kids went to a pretty normal local school in Malaysia before homeschooling. They did not do any foundations for their IGCSEs, just went in once we could see their reading, writing and logic would be able to handle a GCSE. When they initially do maths papers they do it in their own time, with answers available. Initially I had to teach them, now they Google answers. We don’t use many textbooks. It’s past paper and answers and Google. They memorise Quran every evening and have a 30 minute morning lesson every weekday morning via Skype.


  2. Hello Asim,

    I am considering being homeschooled and I have a couple of questions.

    Did your children took all their A Level exams using the Edexcel board? Did they do the International A Level or the usual A Level? Which exam board would you recommend I do for the UK A Levels? I did my IGCSE using the CIE board.

    The main obstacle for me to be homeschooled is that it will be hard to study for the science practicals (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) as I do not have a lab with the equipment.

    So I would like to ask you, how did your children study the Biology and Physics practicals for both IGCSE and A Level?

    I have read in one of your blog posts that you mentioned the practical section for Physics is actually optional and they will just include an extra 1 or 2 beside the grade. What do you mean by including an extra 1 or 2 beside the grade?

    Correct me if I am wrong, but my belief is that the practical paper for Physics still count towards the final grade for both IGCSE and A Level.

    Any insight provided to my questions will be much appreciated.

    Thanks, Aaron


    1. For phhysics they did Cambridge IGCSE and Edexcel A-levels, not international A-levels.

      For IGCSE they have written practicals, for A-levels it doesn’t count towards grade.


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