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  General Certificate of Secondary Education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the name of a set of British examinations, usually taken by secondary school students at age 14–16 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not Scotland, where the equivalent is called Standard Grade).
GCSE was introduced for teaching in September 1986, and replaced both the O-level GCE (Ordinary level General Certificate of Education) and the CSE (Certificate of Secondary Education) qualifications, which suffered problems due to the two-tieredness of the system.
Introduced in 2000 was the Vocational GCSE, which encouraged students to take the work-related route and included courses such as engineering, applied business, ICT and leisure and tourism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/General_Certificate_of_Secondary_Education   (690 words)

 GCSEs : Learning At Home
GCSE courses can be started at any time to suit you, and contain about 100 hours of study.
Biology is a fascinating subject, and by taking this GCSE you'll not only gain a valuable insight into the role of humans, plants and animals in the environment, but also give yourself a head start when it comes to working in the field of science.
By taking GCSE History, you'll discover exactly how today's culture was shaped by our forefathers - and at the same time give yourself the perfect basis to go on and study subjects like Sociology, Economics, or Politics.
learning-at-home.co.uk /index.php?cPath=5&osCsid...8cff10f03c2b83d30...   (786 words)

 BBC News | EDUCATION | Goodbye GCSEs?
GCSEs could be the major casualty of exam overcrowding and the shake-up of the sixth form curriculum, say head teachers' leaders.
But he says that pressures to "have something in the bank", in terms of acquiring qualifications, meant that it became standard for all pupils to take external exams at the age of 16.
There were still pressures on schools to maintain the current GCSE system because of exam league tables and their use by universities as part of the admissions process.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/education/1370931.stm   (591 words)

 Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) - 14-19 Learning - Choosing a GCSE in a vocational subject
She has made the most of the opportunity to visit and study organisations in depth, including a theme park and an airport, and is looking forward to using what she has learnt in both her future career and her part-time job in a local hotel.
She chose GCSE leisure and tourism because she wanted to study something new that she felt would be relevant to real life.
She chose GCSE manufacturing because she enjoys research and the practical aspects of design and production, both of which are an important part of the course.
www.qca.org.uk /14-19/11-16-schools/index_1120.htm   (3526 words)

General GCSE class books or ‘revision guides’ (such as those published by Letts) will give an overview of the majority of what is required but you will need to see past papers, and probably use specific books required by your college or course.
There are three main ways in which home educated students have taken GCSEs: by correspondence courses where a tutor is usually assigned to give advice and mark work; by enrolling at a local college or adult education class; or at home doing their own research, choosing appropriate books and buying past exam papers.
This is linked with the NCSC (National Christian Schools Certificate) programme which gives a diploma equivalent to 5 GCSEs after sufficient study at the correct level, and goes on eventually to a diploma equivalent to three A-levels in addiction to 8 GCSEs.
www.geocities.com /sueincyprus/gcse.htm   (1079 words)

 EducationGuardian.co.uk | Schools special reports | Farewell to GCSEs
Exams watchdog chief Ken Boston's defence of GCSEs last week - his explanation that he didn't mean to say they were on the way out - sounds very like the chairman of the football club who says he has 110% confidence in the manager.
In the early 1990s a pass was for all intents and purposes redefined as grade when the Conservative government made it the basis of school league tables.
It has been a social revolution that is not finished yet - the children of the GCSE generation will undoubtedly go to university, whatever exams they have to take in their turn.
education.guardian.co.uk /gcses2003/story/0,13395,1025989,00.html   (584 words)

 EducationGuardian.co.uk | Schools special reports | GCSE2001
Farzana Akbar, 46, pleaded guilty to the theft of five GCSE maths papers when she appeared at Wimbledon magistrates court in London.
June 17: The exams watchdog body was told by the education secretary, Estelle Morris, that she expected it to crack down on embarrassing mistakes by exam boards which have alarmed schools, parents and students.
The government yesterday made it clear that the GCSE was no longer the symbolic "final" school exam as it outlined new measures to discourage pupils leaving school at the age of 16.
education.guardian.co.uk /gcse2001/0,10950,530798,00.html   (803 words)

 GCSE - EducationUK - British Council Vietnam
GCSEs and Scottish National Qualifications offer you the opportunity to explore a range of subjects from the sciences, humanities and arts, and discover your real strengths and interests.
On any GCSE course, you receive formal tuition in the classroom and laboratory but are also encouraged to work independently and undertake research for projects, often outside school hours.
GCSE grades range from A* (the highest) to G. New GCSEs in vocational subjects (formerly Part One GNVQ) are a career-based version of the GCSE.
www.britishcouncil.org /vietnam-education-uk-type-of-courses-gcse.htm   (1645 words)

 BBC NEWS | Education | Pupils 'could bypass GCSEs'
And he denied that his comments should be seen as linked to the decision of some independent schools to drop the number of GCSEs taken by their pupils.
Schools where GCSE pass rates are close to 100% could ditch the qualification, said Mr Hart, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers.
But this has raised concerns that without GCSEs, pupils who leave education at the age of 16 will not have a meaningful qualification to show for their efforts in secondary school.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/education/3140319.stm   (521 words)

 Stonebridge GCSEs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), taken initially at the age of 16+, has been designed to develop and test skills relevant both to further study and to the wider world of work.
Alternatively, you may have several GCSEs but find that gaps such as English, Maths, or even low grades are keeping you from that career in teaching or nursing you've set your heart on.
The truth is that you're far better equipped to take GCSEs now than you ever were at 16 and with our expert help and guidance you can be confident of a good result.
www.elearnuk.co.uk /courses/GCSE-index.htm   (197 words)

It is commonly said that 3 A' levels and 5 GCSE's are a requirement for entrance to a university.
Many GCSE's are not available as the boards consider that the coursework element is too difficult for a private candidate to undertake, and therefore have made them unavailable.
On most of the GCSE qualifications, page 8 of each specification, it specifically states whether the particular GCSE is available for private candidates; however some subjects have the private candidate rules on page 11.
www.education-otherwise.org /Links/Resources-Qualifications/GCSEs.htm   (2130 words)

 DfES, Qualifications
GCSEs in vocational subjects are designed to provide a more hands-on approach to learning.
GCSEs in vocational subjects are available in 8 subjects: Art and Design; Applied Business; Engineering; Health and Social Care; Applied Information and Communication Technology (ICT); Leisure and Tourism; Manufacturing; and Applied Science.
As with all GCSEs, the GCSE in vocational subjects can be used to progress to study another qualification in school or college, such as:
www.dfes.gov.uk /qualifications/faq.cfm?sID=63   (497 words)

 DfES, Qualifications
The GCSE is offered by the awarding bodies, which are independent commercial enterprises.
The GCSE examinations are set according to nationally agreed criteria that provide guidance on syllabus content.
All GCSE syllabuses used in maintained schools must be formally approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
www.dfes.gov.uk /qualifications/mainSection.cfm?sId=1   (123 words)

 Examinations - GCSEs in Vocational Subjects
GCSEs in a range of vocational subjects were introduced in September 2002 as part of the government's aims of encouraging more young people to combine vocational and general study and of increasing the progression routes to post-16 education and training.
The provision of GCSEs in vocational subjects will also underline the equivalence of vocationally-related and general qualifications within the national qualifications framework.
N.B. Students may not transfer units from one of the new GCSE Double Awards to a six-unit Foundation or Intermediate GNVQ, though such work could be re-assessed against these criteria.
www.wjec.co.uk /vocgcse.html   (334 words)

 Teachernet, GCSEs in vocational subjects
The Government is committed to creating and maintaining a robust and respected world-class system of vocational and technical education to match the country's academic tradition.
GCSEs in vocational subjects are designed to appeal to students of all abilities — mainly 14-16 year olds in schools, but also students in colleges.
The GCSEs can help students' progression to study other qualifications in school or college at a higher level, such as AS or A levels and/or VCEs (vocational A levels) in either the same, similar or different subjects.
www.teachernet.gov.uk /teachingandlearning/14to19/vocationaloffer/gcses   (512 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Vocational GCSEs 'too academic'
Ofsted inspectors welcomed the new work-focused option for GCSE students, but reported that lessons tend to slide towards the traditional academic curriculum because teachers have not received enough training to teach skills for the workplace.
The new GCSEs - along with forthcoming reforms to the 14-19 curriculum from the former Ofsted chief Mike Tomlinson - are part of the English education system's ongoing attempts to boost the status of vocational courses.
Today's Ofsted report will be a worry for Mr Tomlinson and his committee as they prepare to announce their proposals to reform the 14-to-19 curriculum, including a preference for letting children choose between an academic or vocational route at 14.
www.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,3604,1264797,00.html   (402 words)

 Ferl - Summary of OfSTED report - Developing new vocational pathways: Interim report on the introduction of new GCSEs
The 8 new General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSEs) were introduced in schools and colleges in September 2002 as part of the government’s programme of reform to address the lack of vocational provision in the 14-19 phase.
The inspection process found that the introduction of the new GCSE courses as part of a coherent, co-ordinated programme of work–related learning takes place in only a minority of schools.
The success of the new courses is also hampered by the attitudes of senior managers in nearly half the schools, who regard applied courses as options for lower-attaining pupils.
ferl.becta.org.uk /display.cfm?resID=6069&printable=1   (1198 words)

 Royal Society | Our work | | | Changes to GCSEs in Science from 2006   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
There are new science GCSE criteria which outline the content of a range of additional science subjects currently being developed by the Awarding Bodies to provide the equivalent of double and triple awards in science.
A set of 3 GCSEs called 21st Century Science has been developed by the Awarding Body OCR in partnership with the University of York Science Education Group and the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.
The awarding bodies will be submitting draft specifications for their new GCSE science qualifications to QCA in early April so that they can be approved and accredited by the Summer.
www.royalsoc.ac.uk /page.asp?id=2911   (1143 words)

 GCSEs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Whether you want to re-sit 1 or more GCSEs, improve your grades, take new subjects or study at this level for the first time, we offer a wide range of GCSE subjects.
If you have 4 GCSEs at grade D or above, you can take our 1 year fast-track route and study up to 5 GCSEs during the year or combine your studies with modules from GNVQ Intermediate courses to ensure your overall programme best meets your future study or career plans.
Alternatively, if you have 4 GCSEs at grade E you will be able to take our Foundation GCSE route.
www.bedford.ac.uk /courses/full-time/0405fulltime/alevel/gcses.htm   (186 words)

 Specialist Schools Trust
There is enormous interest in the Double Award GCSE qualifications.
For a second year the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and LSDA are delivering a series of workshops to support and develop GCSEs in vocational subjects.
A pass is equivalent to two GCSE A*-C grades.
www.schoolsnetwork.org.uk /main.asp?page=226   (616 words)

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 GCSE.com: revising revision
This material is suitable for all GCSE students, as well as many others!
GCSE ICT is here and we'll be rapidly expanding its content over the coming months.
GCSE Maths, GCSE English and our vast GCSE Physics sections will also grow more.
www.gcse.com   (80 words)

It is usually advisable to do Mathematics and English as they are essential for most careers and further study.
You should normally have a minimum of 4 GCSE grade D passes for a GCSE course.
This course is largely academic and you will be expect to read, write essays and take a final exam.
www.huddcoll.ac.uk /courses/crslftprint.asp?CL_NO=GE1   (359 words)

 GCSEs - Parenting Issues Shopping at dooyoo.co.uk
Should parents hold themselves resposible for how well their child perfoms or is it more a case of letting the child do what they want (as that's what they will do anyway), thus avoiding unnecessary confrontation?
Reading the Dooyoo introduction to this subject I was interested in the suggestion that parents might hold themselves responsible for how well their child performs in their exams.
I have two separate takes on this, based on a comparison of experiences of when my own daughter took her O levels, as they were then, and my grandson who is working towards GCSEs now.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /parenting-issues/gcses   (352 words)

 IT Profiles
Looking for job in IT industry (prefers software applications, but happy to consider hardware orientated role) where he can gain practical experience to back up the qualifications he has gained and progress his career.
Is very keen to learn programming and web design and is looking for an IT User role which will give him the opportunities to achieve his goals.
9 GCSEs, all at grades B/C, GNVQ int IT, AVCE in ICT, AS level Law and General Studies, A level Media Studies.
www.witham-tec.co.uk /itprofiles.htm   (962 words)

I don't think it is although you can do a PE gcse and choose dance as one of the chosen sports.
Hardly a gcse in it though, it's only like a 1 hour film you do of dancing over the whole 2 years.
Yeah you can do Dance as a GCSE, I know of a couple of schools that some of my other friends go to that do Dance.
www.rouseindahouse.com /showthread.php?t=6113#post170136   (495 words)

 020625k-edu   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
When the type of school is considered 81.5% of grammar school girls left school with two or more A levels or equivalent compared to 70.1% of grammar school boys (the corresponding proportions for secondary schools were 20.0% for girls and 7.8% for boys).
For those leaving school with at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent the proportion of girls remains higher than the proportion of boys (65.8% of girls leaving school in 2000/01 achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent compared to 50.5% of boys).
In terms of GCSEs, 58.1% of pupils from schools under Other management left school having achieved at least 5+ GCSEs A* - C or equivalent in 2000/01; the corresponding figure for leavers from Catholic managed schools was 57.9%.
www.nics.gov.uk /press/edu/020625k-edu.htm   (2427 words)

 ICS - The world's No.1 in Home Learning :: A-Z Course Listing
Whether you want to gain GCSE or A Level qualifications, improve your career prospects with vocational business training or learn a new skill with our home study courses the choices are endless!
GCSE English Literature, GCSEs and A Levels faculty
GCSE Food and Nutrition, GCSEs and A Levels faculty
www.icslearn.co.uk /a_z_listing.asp   (933 words)

 Northern England Workforce Development Confederation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Good general education, some schemes ask for a minimum of GCSEs.
Students will obtain an NVQ level 3 in care which will qualify you to apply for a place on a course leading to a professional qualification.
In October 2001 the Department of Health published a code of practice for NHS employers involved in the international recruitment of healthcare professionals.
www.newdc.nhs.uk /content.asp?PageName=working   (498 words)

 NEC Courses - Language GCSEs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Guaranteed GCSE and A level exam places for NEC students
NEC Examination Guidance *The National Extension College is pleased to be able to offer an arrangement for our students to take A-level and GCSE examinations in Cambridge in January 2006 and summer 2006.*
GCSE Italian helps you develop the skills needed to achieve GCSE marks up to grade B. Spanish GCSE
www.nec.ac.uk /courses/category-browse?category_id=524   (205 words)

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