General Certificate of Secondary Education
Part of the UK National Curriculum taught to pupils aged 14-16 years old in Year 10 and 11.
GCSEs students can take as many as 12 GCSEs and as few as 7 GCSEs depending on student selection and bespoke student pathways.
GCSE exams come after a two year course of study.
In some subjects, students’ coursework is also assessed as part of their GCSE result.
Business & Technology Educational Council
- Vocational and work-related courses, designed to accommodate the needs of employers and allow students to progress to further and higher education
- Practical approach to learning, without missing any of the important theory on the subject
- BTEC’s are taken in over 100 countries and are extremely reputable
- Real-life work related units for which students will present evidence
- Demonstrate your skills and knowledge through a practical situation rather than examinations
- BTECs are graded using ‘Pass’, ‘Merit’, ‘Distinction’ rather than a grade 9-1
- No exams
- Coursework based (but unitised, smaller assignments)
- Practical based rather than theory and written work
- Work related skills