GCSEs About GCSEs
Our GCSE qualifications are available in over 40 subjects. Find out more about GCSEs, what they’re worth, and what you can go on to do once you’ve achieved them.
GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) are the main qualifications taken by 14- to 16-year-olds in schools and colleges in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But you can take them to gain a qualification in a subject you’re interested in at any age.
GCSEs are usually studied full time, taking two years to complete, however adult learners can take evening classes or teach themselves. Short course GCSEs are also available in selected subjects. There are no formal entry requirements and no age limits for GCSEs.
GCSE courses mainly involve studying the theory of a subject combined with some investigative work. Each qualification is at Level 1 or 2 on the National Qualifications Framework, depending on the grade you achieve. Highly valued by schools, colleges and employers GCSEs are the first step towards a range of careers or further study. GCSEs have been used as a benchmark to judge student ability for more than 25 years.
GCSEs are subject-specific qualifications. Our Edexcel GCSEs are available in over 40 subjects ranging from Art and Design to Urdu. You can see what GCSE subjects we offer and what each course covers by reading the course details, which you can download from each GCSE subject page. Find out more about qualification frameworks on the gov.uk website.
To find out more about our GCSE subjects and the support available, select a subject from the GCSE homepage: