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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
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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. 

 

 

96 UK Schools offering GCSE

School name Community Region
Akeley Wood School Buckinghamshire South East England
Ardingly College West Sussex South East England
Ashbourne College Kensington Greater London
Bedales Hampshire South East England
Bede's Senior School East Sussex South East England
Benenden School Kent South East England
Bradfield College Berkshire South East England
Brighton College East Sussex South East England
Bromsgrove School Worcestershire West Midlands
Canford School Dorset South West England
Cardiff Sixth Form College Cardiff Wales
Caterham School Surrey South East England
Charterhouse Surrey South East England
Cheltenham Ladies College Gloucestershire South West England
City of London School Westminster Greater London
City of London School for Girls Westminster Greater London
Cobham Hall School Kent South East England
Concord College Shropshire South West England
Cranleigh School Surrey South East England
DLD College London Westminster Greater London
Downe House Berkshire South East England
Dulwich College (UK) Surrey Greater London
Eastbourne College East Sussex South East England
Epsom College Surrey Greater London
Eton College Berkshire South East England
Frensham Heights Surrey South East England
Godolphin and Latymer Hammersmith & Fulham Greater London
Gordonstoun Moray Scotland
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Hertfordshire East of England
Haileybury School Hertfordshire East of England
Hampton School Middlesex Greater London
Harrow School Harrow Greater London
Highgate School Camden Greater London
Hurstpierpoint College West Sussex South East England
InterHigh Westminster Greater London
Kent College, Canterbury (Senior School) Kent South East England
King's College School Westminster Greater London
King's School Canterbury Kent South East England
Kingham Hill School Oxfordshire South East England
Lancing College West Sussex South East England
Latymer Upper School Hammersmith & Fulham Greater London
Lord Wandsworth College Hampshire South East England
Magdalen College School Oxfordshire South East England
Mander Portman Woodward (Birmingham) Warwickshire West Midlands
Mander Portman Woodward (Cambridge) Cambridgeshire South East England
Mander Portman Woodward (London) Kensington Greater London
Marlborough College Wiltshire South West England
Millfield (Senior School) Somerset South West England
Mount Kelly Devon South West England
North Bridge House (Senior Canonbury) Barnet Greater London
North Bridge House (Senior Hampstead) Barnet Greater London
North London Collegiate School Harrow Greater London
Oakham School Rutland East of England
Oxford International College Oxfordshire South East England
Queenswood School Hertfordshire East of England
Reigate Grammar School Surrey Greater London
Roedean School East Sussex South East England
Rossall School Lancashire North West England
Royal Grammar School Guildford Surrey Greater London
Royal High School Bath (Senior School & Sixth Form) Somerset South West England
Rugby School Warwickshire West Midlands
Ruthin School Denbighshire South West England
Sedbergh School Cumbria North West England
Sevenoaks School Kent South East England
Sherborne International School Dorset South West England
Sherborne School Dorset South West England
Shrewsbury School Shropshire South West England
St Catherine's, Bramley Surrey South East England
St Mary's Calne Wiltshire South West England
St Mary's School, Cambridge Cambridgeshire South East England
St Mary’s School, Ascot Berkshire South East England
St Paul's Richmond Greater London
St Paul's Girls' School Hammersmith & Fulham Greater London
Stonyhurst College Lancashire North West England
Stowe School Buckinghamshire South East England
Summerhill Suffolk East of England
Taunton International School Somerset South West England
Taunton School Somerset South West England
The Abbey (Senior School) Berkshire South East England
The Mount, Mill Hill International School Barnet Greater London
The Sylvia Young Theatre School Westminster Greater London
Tonbridge School Kent South East England
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Hertfordshire East of England
Uppingham School Leicestershire West Midlands
Warwick School Warwickshire West Midlands
Wellington College Berkshire South East England
Westminster School Westminster Greater London
Whitgift School Surrey Greater London
Wimbledon High School Merton Greater London
Winchester College Hampshire South East England
Windermere School (Senior School & Sixth Form) Cumbria North West England
Woldingham School Surrey South East England
Worth School West Sussex South East England
Wycliffe Senior School Gloucestershire South West England
Wycombe Abbey Buckinghamshire South East England
Wymondham College Norfolk East Midlands

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