The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the most commonly-sat exam in the UK. All students sit GCSE papers in a variety of subjects at the age of 16, with exams traditionally held in the summer of Year 11. Results are normally published on the last Thursday of the following August, making for an anxious wait over the summer! The results of GCSE courses are very important, with a “C” grade in Maths and English being a minimum requirement for many jobs. With University applications getting ever more competitive, GCSE results are now often used to help decide between candidates.

How does assessment work at GCSE?

All students sit papers in the “core” subjects of Mathematics and English, and then go on to take exams in somewhere between 8 and 12 subjects. Besides the aforementioned core subjects and Science, no other courses are compulsory. Some subjects count for two or more GCSES, and some students take GNVQs or other equivalent exams in the place of GCSEs in certain subjects (most often Science). These courses are more vocational in nature, and are generally regarded as being less academically challenging than GCSEs.

How can I help my child with their GCSEs?

With such a broad range of subjects, it is entirely possible that students may need extra help to get them through. Here at Owl Tutors we only employ qualified teachers. All of our tutors have classroom experience in the subjects they tutor, and have been personally interviewed and vetted by us. The great majority of our tutors have taught GCSEs in schools for a number of years, and will be intimately familiar with things like different exam board requirements, questioning styles and how to do well in coursework. We know how important your child’s education is, and we think it should only be put in the hands of someone who really knows what they’re doing. Please feel free to browse some of our London Tutors or contact us today to find out more.

Exam Boards

The five exam boards at GCSE in the UK are AQA, CCEA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. Orignially there were many more exam boards, all affiliated with UK Universities. They merged together into these five over the last fifty years. Schools will normally use some or all of these across different subjects, selecting the boards offering the syllabuses that best suit their needs. Please see below for a table of subjects covered by each board.