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Similarities & Differences - Online Learning

While online schools have many similarities to the learning style of face-to-face schools, there are still some key differences which will be highlighted throughout this article.

Colouring pencils in a ceramic pot which relates to face-to-face schools and online schools.


  • Year groups (primary, secondary, sixth form/college) & key stages (KS1-KS5).

  • Following a curriculum.

  • A variety of subject choices.

  • Qualifications for iGCSEs & A Levels.

  • Lessons with other students.

  • Highly qualified teachers.

  • Communication with teachers & classmates.

  • Exam preparation for multiple exam boards.


  • Online school is all virtually attended, whereas face-to-face school requires in-person attendance.

  • With face-to-face schools exams are usually taken at the same school, with online schools you can find an exam centres close to your location.

  • Online school has a flexible lesson schedule, face-to-face school has a set schedule that must be attended 5 days a week.

  • Online school can be accessed internationally, face-to-face school is only available for local students or those able to travel to the school.

  • Online school has smaller class sizes for a more personalised learning approach (around 10 students or less), face-to-face school has bigger class sizes with around 20-30 students.

  • Online school has classes available from morning till evening depending on choice, face-to-face school only offers set daytime lessons.

  • Online school year groups don't require a change in school, most face-to-face schools have separate schools for primary, secondary, and sixth form/college.

Here at Cambridge Online School & College International, we take pride in making all of our online students feel welcome. By comparing the similarities and differences between online schools and face-to-face schools, we believe that the more flexible and personalised learning approach of online schooling can be more beneficial for students in their educational journey. Virtual learning allows students to progress in their studies whilst still having the availability to take part in the hobbies, interests, and activities that they enjoy. In addition to this, not having to change schools after finishing primary school or secondary school relieves students of stress. It allows students to continue their later studies without any disruption. Online schooling is also a great choice for international students, as the online learning that we provide can be accessed world-wide without the problem of travelling or moving.

If you are interested in finding out more about our online school, please get in touch. You can contact us either by email, or by using our website chat box/contact form.


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