Subjects and Levels

With over 150 private home tutors in Manchester, Stockport & Wilmslow, East Cheshire and surrounding areas we can cover just about every subject, level and need. Check our full listing of subjects and levels covered.

If you can’t find your subject or level or need more information contact us.

Please help me find a home tutor in Manchester, Stockport or Wilmslow Cheshire areas today

Subjects covered

Popular subjects:

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Eleven plus, 11 plus,  11+
  • English
  • English Language & Literature
  • Entrance Exam tests
  • French
  • German
  • Grammar school entry
  • History
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Physics
  • Primary education/tutoring
  • Science
  • Science (Core & Additional)
  • Spanish

Other subjects where we have tutors:

  • Art
  • A level Philosophy
  • Drama and theatre studies
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Italian
  • Japanese language
  • Mandarin
  • Music – theory, composition, piano, guitar, flute
  • Politics
  • Philosophy at A level
  • Religious Studies to GCSE
  • Russian language
  • Sociology at GCSE AS and A2
  • Statistics at A level
Additional areas/subjects our tutors can help with:

  • Adult learning – esp language tuition
  • Confidence building
  • Creative writing
  • Dissertation and thesis writing
  • Dyslexia support [Altrincham area]
  • Exam retakes
  • Exam preparation
  • Languages (Travel, Business & Communication)
  • Learning difficulties
  • Learning support
  • Medical School entry
  • Report writing
  • Resit exams
  • Revision techniques
  • Scholarship exams – eg CE
  • Study skills
  • University admission – personal statements

If you can’t find the subject or area you need a tutor for then contact us for more information.


We have students and learners working with our home tutors from pre-school to retirement age, no one is too young or too old to improve their education.

  • Primary – Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2: reception – year 6
  • Lower Secondary – Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8, 9
  • Entrance Tests – including 11+ and 13+ and common entrance
  • SATS – Key Stages 1,2,3
  • GCSE and iGCSE and 1/2 certificates
  • A Level – AS and A2 and IB
  • University – undergraduate, postgraduate
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Basic Skills
  • Adult Education
  • Professional and graduate – e.g. business skills, graduate recruitment aptitude and assessment tests


Primary School students sit KS1 SATs at the end of year 1 (May) and then KS2 SATs at the end of primary school in year 6 (May). Many schools use SAT-style test at the end of each academic year to assess performance. Help me find a primary level tutor…

Lower Secondary, Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8, 9

From year 7-9 students follow a national curriculum of core subjects as they aim towards KS3. KS3 SATs are still used in some schools, though many state run schools have abandoned them as they are no longer compulsory. By the end of year 9, pupils choose options to be added to the core subjects to start the 2 year GCSE courses. Help me find a Key Stage 3 tutor…

Entrance Exams

Grammar Schools and private independent/ public schools, set different assessment tests but most are based around a common format of Maths, English and Verbal and non verbal Reasoning, with possibly science, languages, history and geography for entry at age 13. Help me find an entrance exam test home tutor…

Prep school entry, ages 4/7/8+

Prep schools often want children (age 6 or 7) to take a written test (usually in January) in the year before entry.

At this level a nurturing approach is vital and our tutors are sensitive to the needs of young learners, building confidence and ensuring the required English, Maths (including verbal and non-verbal reasoning) standards are met. Help me find a prep school private tutor…

Entrance tests

Local independent (private) schools usually set their own entrance test, generally sat around Christmas of year 6, for admission into year 7 at age 11+ or year 9 at 13+. At 11, the exam tends to be limited to Maths, English and verbal reasoning. At 13, the entrance exam tends to include a wider range of subjects including compulsory English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Religious Education. Optional papers are available in four foreign languages and Latin may be a requirement. Help me find an entrance test tutor…

Eleven plus (11+)

State run selective Grammar Schools, especially around the Trafford Borough of Manchester, use  different tests to select pupils for entry into year 7. Some schools (e.g. Altrincham and Sale Grammars) use the CEM version, whilst others use a test based on the eleven plus (11+) NFER exam. Most use multiple choice and test Maths, verbal and non-verbal Reasoning and sometimes English (though the English test tends to be considered only for borderline cases in some schools). The 11+ test is very similar to the entrance tests used by the private schools and is usually sat in the autumn/winter (between mid-September – January depending on the school) of year 6. Help me find an eleven plus (11+) private home tutor…

Common Entrance (CE)

Common Entrance exams for independent public schools can be set for admission ages of 11+ or 13+ and although marked by the schools themselves, exam papers are often set by the Independent School Exam Board.

At 11, the exam tends to be limited to Maths, English and verbal reasoning whereas the 13+ exam includes a wider range of subjects including compulsory English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Religious Education. Optional papers are available in four foreign languages and Latin may be a requirement. Help me find a Common entrance (CE) private home tutor…

Scholarship Exams

Gifted children may be suitable for a scholarship award – the exam is usually a more challenging version of the Common Entrance Exam. Those who pass will be eligible for a reduction in school fees, so private tutoring can prove to be a very cost-effective investment. Help me find a scholarship exam private home tutor…

SATs Exams

Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs) take place at the end of Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and, in some schools, at the end of Key Stage 3 and cover the three main subjects of English, Maths and Science. For Key Stage 1 (year 2), they take place around Easter time, and for Key Stages 2 and 3 (years 6 and 9), they are usually in May.

As an indicator of future performance, a child’s KS1 results can give early signs of educational difficulties. KS2 results are often used by secondary schools for setting the new year 7 intake classes. KS3 results are for setting year 10 (GCSE) classes. Help me find a SATs exam private home tutor…

GCSE and iGCSE- Key Stage 4 (yrs 10, 11)

GCSE courses are generally two years long and begin in year 10 with a final set of exams taken at the end of year 11. Many GCSEs, especially science courses, involve a practical/coursework type aspect, but testing is mainly by exam – multiple choice or short answer options are available for most subjects. Languages involve an oral exam.

Most subject GCSE’s (and iGCSE’s) are taken at one of two levels; Foundation, which covers grades E to C (1-5 in the new 9-1 GCSE system), and Higher, which covers grades D to A* (4-9 in the new GCSE 9-1 system).

There are several exam boards (e.g. AQA, Edexcel, and OCR) and within each exam board there are variations on syllabuses – but all are based on the  national curriculum and so are very similar. The exam board, syllabus and style of assessment route is decided by the school/teachers and it is often worth finding out the exact course being followed at the beginning of year 10 (see our exam boards link for useful information and past papers).


Many schools, especially independent schools, have opted for the international, or iGCSE, instead of the standard GCSE. Some perceive it to be of a higher standard and better at testing a student’s ability across a range of subjects. Some schools offer GCSE and iGCSE. From 2012 state schools can also offer the iGCSE (also known as 1/2 certificates).

Our tutors can offer personal, private tuition for GCSE and iGCSE in Maths (and Statistics), science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Core Science, Additional Science, PE), English (English Language and English Literature), French, German, Spanish, History & more. Help me find a GCSE private home tutor…

A Level:  AS (yr 12) & A2 (yr 13)

Students can take AS exams in year 12. Some schools/colleges offer this option; some don’t. AS exams no longer count towards the A level but are a stand alone qualification and can be useful in helping the student decide which subjects to continue to the full A level and also for University applications.

Our tutors can offer personal, private tuition for both AS and A level Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English (English Language and English Literature), French, German, History & more. Help me find an AS or A Level private home tutor…

International Baccalaureate or IB

Some independent schools offer the International Baccalaureate after the age of 16. It is seen as more challenging than A Levels; it encourages an international view of the world and requires a very positive approach to learning.

Higher Education, University (inc Post Graduate)

Higher education offers a vast choice of vocational and academic courses leading to a degree or diploma. Course length at undergraduate (Bachelor degree) level varies but is usually three years, for degrees like Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and Architecture it is considerably longer. Postgraduate students can continue their studies at Masters Level or PhD. The learning style is less formal, compared with school/college and often self-directed. Teaching styles vary per course/ university.

We can also help students with their university applications, especially with the writing/styling of a personal statement and with Oxbridge Entrance exams.  Help me find a university or degree private home tutor…

Special Educational Needs

Everyone is unique and we all have different attitudes, interests, styles and desires when it comes to learning. At 121 Home Tutors in South Manchester and Cheshire we recognise that some struggle with learning more than others and possibly need different strategies to help them with learning. Some students have been formally ‘labelled’ with Special Needs, e.g. dyslexia, ADHD, others struggle but don’t have a learning difficulty that warrants a label and that opens up avenues for extra support. Help me find special educational needs home tutors…

Basic skills

We can offer tutoring for all ages in basic numeracy and literacy skills – for those wanting their primary age children to have extra learning support, or for older children or adults who would like more confidence in the basic skills. Help me find a basic skills private tutor…

Adult Education

Returning to education as an adult? We are constantly learning new skills and as an adult you may choose to take on voluntary learning, returning to formal education, sitting formal exams or taking on a new subject or language for pleasure or business purposes.

Some of our clients are adult learners wanting to return to study for GCSE, A Level (now split into AS and A2 Level), diplomas or degrees or simply wanting to improve their chances of promotion at work by brushing up their skills. Others have always had a desire to obtain a qualification and without the pressure of compulsory learning find taking on a subject enjoyable.

While our tutors can offer personal, private tuition to adults for the whole range of academic subjects, we often find adult learning is about brushing up on Maths and English, to maybe sit a numeracy or literacy test for a new job or promotion, or for Statistics, Business English (report writing skills and similar), French, German, Spanish and other languages for business travel or holiday travel or relocation. We also find adults come for help with CV writing, job applications, career guidance and presentation skills. Help me find an adult education private tutor…

Business skills tutoring

We occasionally offer tutoring for business professionals on developing your business or how to set up in business (e.g. bookkeeping, keeping accounts). Help me find a business skills or business start up private tutor


We can help you prepare for assessment tests, for example onto corporate training programmes, MBAs etc. We can also help with language skills for business, computer skills and more – see our full range of subjects. Help me find a professional or business private tutor…

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