GCSEGeneral Certificate of Secondary Education

GCSE coursework (generally a qualification taken by 15 or 16 year olds) that was introduced in 1988 after replacing the former education system. As a long time has passed since its introduction, a debate about its value becomes inevitable. However, changes are made to the coursework to retain its importance. It is usually taken in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over a period of two years with exams taken in June and re-sits in winter(November). The grades offered range from A* – G. This education is required for pursuing A Levels, BTEC Level 3, International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of GCSE grades

The greatest need of a student is to get selected in a good university. They may accept students with Cs depending upon some other accomplishments, Bs alone are also not enough and at least six As are required for the most selective colleges. The GCSE grades play a vital role in this part as good GCSE grades are an indication of doing well in the next phase (A Levels). You can’t think of scoring better in A levels than your GCSE’s. Normally a B grader is likely to be pushed to C in A levels.

Simply your GCSE grades determine your future qualifications. Students who are all-aware of there future don’t take a risk in this short time of two years that has been proven to determine the future of the student. Good universities need excellent students and for making a student excellent, good grades are very important. With a disappointing GCSE and A Level result students limit their future chances.

What everyone knows.

Going for a more a more competitive university means changing from a local brand to an international one that means more bucks and over here it means more good grades as LAW, Medical, Engineering universities clearly indicate the grades they want from you before applying to them. Going just a step further we see our careers where we would be ending in. Your
1. GCSE grades 2. A level grades 3. Type of University 4. Your Grades/GPA in the Uni are all that is needed for telling which type of profession would be suited to you and an estimate of your income.

Is GCSE harder?

As the GCSE exams have been updated and many teachers/students according to our poll in UK think that the newer version is more difficult than the IGCSE. As a parent and student this should be discussed with other senior students, school and the universities demands. Choosing subjects is also something that has to be done very carefully and over here if someone rushes i remember the all famous: [animate animation=”slideInRight” duration=”3″ delay=”0″ iteration=”1″]”HASTE MAKES WASTE”[/animate]

Where examination boards offer GCSE?


Core Subjects

These are the compulsory subjects offered:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • science
  • Irish in Northern England/Irish-Medium Schools
  • Welsh/Welsh Second Language in Wales
  • Religious Education and ICT may be compulsory as it is dependent upon the school.

Optional subjects

Almost 80 subjects are offered from which students can chose based upon their own interest.

  1. 32 modern languages
  2. 6 classical languages
  3. 24 subjects related to technology
  4. 17 humanities
  5. 12 People and society related subjects
  6. 18 expressive arts; and,
  7. 19 other

When I was selecting for my subjects I had contacted more than a hundred people, researched for universities demands More importantly I went through comparisons and statistics about the subjects and the education type I was going to opt for.

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