Definition of General Certificate of Secondary Education in English:

General Certificate of Secondary Education

Line breaks: Gen|eral Cer¦tifi|cate of Sec¦ond|ary Edu|ca¦tion
(abbreviation: GCSE)

noun

An examination set especially for secondary-school pupils of about age 16 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
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  • 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.

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