The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the official examination which completes High School education in the UK, usually when the students are 16 years old.
It is normally taken over two years and students choose a range of subjects they want to take the exams for.
GCSE qualifications are recognised worldwide and are the ideal gateway to further academic study in the UK and beyond.
At Kings we offer two study plans:
Students will follow a mixed curriculum including science, mathematics and humanities subjects. They can expect to prepare for GCSE exams in a range of subjects, depending on aptitude and language proficiency.
Subjects include: Arts, Business, English, Geography, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, PHSE, Science, Physical Education.
There is also the opportunity for students to participate in a range of extracurricular activities such as Young Enterprise and the inter-college debating society.
Talented students who are not yet 16 have the potential to thrive within the UK education system, but need the personalised support which is the hallmark of Kings.
Personal mentoring and support are important for all our students, but are particularly vital for younger students aged 14 or 15. We have a complete team of specialists in place who are here to ensure every student develops and grows - academically, personally and socially.
All students of 14+ are automatically allocated our Homestay Extra service for the highest levels of comfort and support.
International students under the age of 16 must have a UK-based guardian when they come to study in the United Kingdom.
Kings Colleges uses the specialist services of Oxford Guardians.
Oxford Guardians offers a comprehensive and personal guardianship service for international students which includes:
Students on the Accelerated and Standard study plans study the same subjects and attend the same number of total taught lessons per week but the distribution of the lessons changes. The table below shows a breakdown of the 40-42 lessons per week by subject.
|Accelerated GCSE||Standard GCSE|
|Mathematics||8 lessons||2-4+ lessons|
|English||8 lessons||14-20 lessons|
|Study skills||2 lessons|
|Science||8-12 lessons (depending whether Combined or Co-ordinated)||2-4+ lessons (depending whether Combined or Co-ordinated)|
|Information Computer Technology||4-6 lessons||2 lessons|
|Geography||6 lessons||2+ lessons|
|PSHE and Citizenship||2 lessons|
|Physical Education||2 lessons|
|Creative Arts||2 lessons|
|Total||40-42 lessons per week|
Learning outside the classroom plays a crucial role in the effectiveness of both the accelerated and standard GCSE programme at Kings. Our aim to create well-rounded, culturally adjusted students who can go on to thrive in either and A-level or Foundation programme.
All GCSE students also have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
For more information about extracurricular activities we offer our students go to Outside the classroom.
On successful completion of the GCSE, students can start their A-levels.