Definition of General Certificate of Secondary Education in English:
An examination set especially for secondary-school pupils of about age 16 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
- The dominant examination at the end of compulsory schooling in England is the GCSE, the General Certificate of Secondary Education.
- At age 16, students sit for the General Certificates of Secondary Education, taking examinations in the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science and a range of elective subjects.
- At the age of sixteen, pupils sit for exams in several subjects to get the General Certificate of Secondary Education.