General Certificate of Secondary Education
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The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is a set of exams taken in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and other British territories. They are usually taken by students aged 16, after two years of study. Some students can take their exams early if their teachers think them able. Most students taking their GCSE study nine or ten subjects.
Most schools require that a student passes 5 or more GCSE exams at grades C or above before they can move on to study A-levels.
The pass grades, from best to worst, are:
- A* ('A-star')
Grade Boundaries vary for different subjects, but normally, A* to D is a pass and E to G is a fail. If a student gets a U, it means that the student's exam is ungradeable. 0-10% is normally a U
Other pages [change]
- List of GCSE subjects
- Standard Grades - Similar exams taken in Scotland
- International GCSE - GCSE exams for students whose first language is not English.
- A-Levels - Exams taken after GCSEs