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  General Certificate of Secondary Education  
  Students in the UK take GCSE exams at 16 after 11 years of schooling. Compulsory subjects are English Language, Mathematics and Science. Most students take 9 or 10 subjects which are graded A*ABC / DEFGU. Universities consider A*ABC passes for university entrance. GCSEs are normally taught over a two year period.

If you have come to the UK at the age of 14 or younger you will take GCSEs in the same way as English students at the age of 16. You will then go on to study A Levels.

If you come to the UK at age 15 and English is not your first language, you will be able to do a reduced number of GCSEs which should include Mathematics, Science and English ( 1, 2 or 3 GCSE subjects). You may also be able to take the International GCSE exam in English as a Second Language (IGCSE ESL). There are two types of college which accept students to do GCSEs in one year:

  • International Study Centres
  • Tutorial Colleges
  • You will not be at a disadvantage when you apply for a UK university if you have a small number of GCSEs. They will be more interested in your
  • A Level results. They will however be very interested to know the level of your English.
 
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