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GCSE

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academically rigorous, internationally recognised qualification, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary education in the United Kingdom

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academically rigorous, internationally recognised qualification awarded in a specified subject, generally taken in a number of subjects by pupils in secondary education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over two years (three years in certain schools).

The GCSE and its international counterpart the IGCSE form the basis of entry requirements into post 16, '6th form' study - to A' Level or IB Diploma studies.

Recently the GCSE exam has been in a period of flux with some quite radical changes, notably a move from a "modular approach" to a "linear one". In a modular approach a course is split into different units, or modules, with an exam at the end of each unit. In the new linear system, exams are taken at the end of a two year period - much like the older O' Level exams.

In the exams there are fewer ‘bite-sized’ questions and more essay-style questions.

There are fewer course options in the new Science GCSEs: Most students will either take the new Combined Science course (worth two GCSEs) or three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Finally coursework and controlled assessment will disappear from most subjects, apart from practical ones such as art, dance and drama.

All new GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths, were launched in September 2015, with the first qualifications due to be awarded in August 2017. These subjects will be graded between 1-9, with 9 being the highest grade awarded.

It is hoped that this new grading will introduce greater differentiation between high performing students and will also mark out the new GCSEs from their older counterparts.

Schools in a country can do both GCSEs and its international counterpart, the IGCSE.

In many countries outside the UK, IGCSE is used predominantly for languages and humanities.

However curriculum changes are making some schools - in both the UK and elsewhere - reconsider the international qualification.

In the UK that is because IGCSEs will no longer be considered or accepted for school league tables.

Internationally some schools, notably those with a large UK student population, have expressed concerns about the ability to transfer back to the UK given the increasing divergence between the two qualifications. 

 

 

54 UAE Schools offering GCSE

School name Community Emirate
Abu Dhabi International School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Ajman Academy Muwaihat Ajman
Al Amana Private School Al Ramla Sharjah
Al Maarifa Private School Al Qusais Dubai
Al Mamoura Academy Abu Dhabi Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi
Al Najah Private School Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina School Al Raha Gardens Abu Dhabi
Brighton College Abu Dhabi Bloom Gardens & Khalifa City Abu Dhabi
Brighton College Al Ain Gafat Al Nayyar Al Ain
Brighton College Dubai Al Barsha South Dubai
British International School Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City Abu Dhabi
British School in Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi Al Khubairat Abu Dhabi
Cambridge International School Dubai Garhoud Dubai
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
Deira International School Festival City Dubai
Diyafah International School MBZ Mohammed Bin Zayed City Abu Dhabi
Dubai British School Emirates Hills Dubai
Dubai College Al Sufouh Dubai
Dubai English Speaking College Dubai Academic City Dubai
Dubai Gem Nursery Al Wasl Dubai
Dubai Scholars Private School Al Qusais Dubai
English College Dubai Umm Suqeim Dubai
English Language Private School Oud Metha Dubai
Fujairah Private Academy Fujairah Fujairah
GEMS Al Barsha National School Al Barsha Dubai
GEMS Cambridge International School Abu Dhabi Baniyas East Abu Dhabi
GEMS FirstPoint School The Villa Dubai
GEMS Metropole Motor City Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail Al Khail Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai
GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai Al Sufouh Dubai
GEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah Seih Al Uraibi Ras al-Khaimah
Global English School Manaseer Al Ain
Grammar School Dubai Garhoud Dubai
Horizon International School Umm Sheif Dubai
International Community School Mushrif Al Mushrif Abu Dhabi
Islamia English School Al Dhafrah Abu Dhabi
Jumeirah College Al Safa Dubai
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches Dubai
Kent College Dubai Nad al Sheba Dubai
Kings' School Al Barsha Al Barsha Dubai
Nord Anglia International School Dubai Al Barsha Dubai
Pristine Private School Al Nahda Dubai
Providence English Private School Al Gharayen Sharjah
Raffles World Academy Umm Suqeim Dubai
RAK Academy Dafan Al Khor Ras al-Khaimah
Rosary School, Muweilah, Sharjah Muweilah Sharjah
School of Research Science Al Qusais Dubai
Sharjah English School University City Sharjah
Sheffield Private School Al Nahda Dubai
St. Mary Catholic High School Dubai-Al Muhaisnah Muhaisna 1 Dubai
St. Mary's Catholic High School Oud Metha Dubai
The International School of Creative Science, Muwaileh Muweileh Sharjah
The Westminster School Dubai Al Qusais Dubai

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