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 pupils can take their exams early if their teachers think them able. Most students taking their GCSEs study nine or ten subjects.

All pupils have to study English, mathematics and science until they are 16. They do not have to take the GCSE exams, but the large majority do so. In Wales, students must also study Welsh until they are 16.

Most schools require that a pupil passes 5 or more GCSE exams at grades C or above before they can move on to study A-levels.

Subjects[change | edit source]

Many of the subjects in this list are not offered by every school.

Compulsory[change | edit source]

In all schools students have to study Mathematics, Science, and English lingustics and literature.

Creativity[change | edit source]

Languages[change | edit source]

Technology[change | edit source]

  • Electronics
  • Engineering and Manufacturing (Double Award)
  • Graphic products
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    • Applied ICT (Double Award)
  • Product Design
    • Electronics with Resistant Materials
    • Resistant Materials
    • Systems and Control Technology
    • Textiles
    • IT

Humanities[change | edit source]

People and society-related[change | edit source]

Natural sciences[change | edit source]

Others[change | edit source]

  • Further Mathematics (Further Pure Mathematics for Edexcel IGCSE)
  • Applied Business (Double Award)
  • Archaeology (may not currently be available as a separate GCSE [1])
  • Business Studies
  • Business and Communication Systems
  • General Studies
  • Outdoor Pursuits - Birdwatching - Fishing
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Media Studies

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