GCSE General Certificates of Secondary Education (GCSE)

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GCSEs are usually taken at school-leaving age after two years’ study, but are available to students of any age. They are normally assessed through a mixture of internal assessment (coursework) and exams.

GCSEs pose less restriction on the choice of subjects to be studied, which allows students to do art subjects alongside science subjects. Students who take the standard 2-year GCSE programmes normally study seven to ten subjects.

Passing grades are A* to C and students are expected to gain a minimum of 5Cs to qualify for the GCE A-levels examinations.

Course Features
  •  2 Year Course
  •  Entry in September
  • Less restriction on subject selection. Students are allowed to choose arts or science subjects.
  •  Upon completion, students may progress to GCE A-levels or University Foundation Courses Some institutions offer programmes that start in January or April.

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1 Year & Flexible Courses

In addition to the traditional 2-year programmes, 

some international study centres offer certain more flexible programmes that go on for 3 terms (1 Year), 4 terms or 5 terms. Entry dates are more flexible, usually in January and April.

This is an excellent option for students who wish to catch up with their studies. Students often take on fewer subjects in these shorter programmes. Typically, five to seven subjects are expected for a 1-year GCSE programme.

Core Subjects EFL (English as a Foreign Language)
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Optional Subjects Art
Business Studies
Chinese
Dance
Design & Technology
Drama
Economics
English
English Literature
Food Technology
French
Geography
German
History
Home Economics
ICT
Italian
Music
Photography
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish
Textiles
Academic Requirement

HK Student – Completed F.3
Malaysian Student – Completed F.3