GCSE

YEAR 10-11 // AGE 14–16

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the standard examination at the end of Year 11 (typically aged 16) in the United Kingdom. Our Year 10 and 11 students follow a two-year programme leading to GCSE/IGCSE. It is also possible for some students who are able to cope well with the demands of the course to study GCSE/IGCSE in one year.

The curriculum consists of compulsory and optional subjects. Students can choose up to ten subjects. GCSEs are examined by a mixture of written papers, coursework assignments and, where appropriate, practical assessments. GCSEs are graded on a scale from 9 (best) to 1 (lowest), plus an ungraded U. Grades 9-4 are considered to be ‘pass’ grades for University entry purposes.

Students in British schools take standard GCSE examinations in which coursework assignments are a compulsory component. Students outside Britain normally take the international version, the IGCSE, which is now set by two examination boards, Cambridge (CIE) and Edexcel. We offer a mixture of GCSE and IGCSE courses.

The range of GCSE/IGCSE courses on offer is constantly under review, and new subjects are offered from time to time. Equally, it cannot be guaranteed that all subjects listed will run in any particular year, as this depends upon the number of students who wish to take them. However we will do our best to accommodate requests of specific subjects.

Optional Subjects

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Physical Education

Compulsory Subjects

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics

Languages

  • Modern/Native Languages
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Note: Availability of subjects above and additional subjects is based on student demand.

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