These programmes let you study a range of subjects that give you a good base knowledge before you go on to study
in more detail. GCSEs are the standard route to further study, and ultimately to university, in the UK. All the
top universities recognise the programme, and they are even widely recognised internationally by some of the
best institutions across the world.
GCSEs are ideal for all students aged 14+. The programme allows you to study a range of subjects, and gives you the
right preparation for your further study. Preprogramme is for students aged 15+.
The GCSE programme is one of the ways that you can further your study in the UK and eventually enter university and
study for an undergraduate degree. After you have finished GCSE/Pre-programme you will normally have two years
of high school left.
GCSEs are widely recognised by employers across the world. High grades are a great way for you to show that you can
perform consistently and meet high academic standards. You’ll also learn how to study, ready to go on to A level/IB..
You will take a mixture of internal and external examinations. The main external exams take place in the summer term
at the end of your GCSE/Pre-Programme course. To ensure that you are well prepared you will also take CATS mock
exams so that you can practise and your teachers can help with anything you are finding difficult. English is
also examined and awarded through IGCSE First Language English with an International English Language Testing
System (IELTS) examination. Some subjects (such as the sciences) have an element of coursework which is written
or practical work completed throughout the year and counts towards your overall grade.
GCSE/Pre-programme results are published in June and August. Grades range from 9 (the highest possible grade, equivalent
to A*) down to grade 1 and then finally to U (the lowest grade), although a ‘good pass’ is considered anything
from 9 to 4.