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GCSE Results FAQ

Q1. What are GCSE results?

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is a set of exams taken in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and other British territories as part of a flexible curriculum which allows students to start specialising in an area of interest.

They are usually taken by students aged 15–16, after two years of study. Some pupils can take their exams early if their teachers think them able.

The examinations are unusual when compared to other international education systems as they test students at the age of sixteen (most systems have a terminal examination when students are 18 years of age)

The GCSE and the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), however, are recognised globally as representing a rigorous and accurate benchmark of a student’s academic ability and aptitude

It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport to progression and success. Developed over 25 years ago, it is tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

Q2. How many GCSEs can a pupil take?

Many students will leave secondary schools with 10 or more GCSEs. Choices as to what GCSE certificates you take are usually made in the summer term of your 3rd year of secondary education. The range of subjects you can choose from is constantly being added to.

Q3. What are the new GCSE grades? (This only applies to Maths at Kings’ School Al Barsha)  

The new 9 to 1 GCSE grades have been introduced as part of wider reform to GCSE qualifications

These new, more challenging GCSEs will see students cover new content and take all of their exams at the end of the two-year course

Pupils will be marked on a new 9 to 1 grading scale, with 9 ranked as the highest grade

According to officials, grade 4 will act as a “standard pass” – the minimum level that pupils need to reach in English and Maths. This roughly compares to a ‘traditional’ grade C

This year, GCSE students will only receive 9 to 1 grades for English Language, English Literature and Maths exams

Q4. How did Kings’ School Al Barsha students perform in GCSEs?

A total of 44 per cent of grades achieved were A* – A, with the overall A*-C pass rate at 92 per cent

70 per cent of grades were A*-B

Students’ performance was strong across all subjects, but particularly in English Literature, Arabic and History, with 100 per cent of students attaining A*, A or B grades. Students also excelled in the fields of Drama and Science

The results are an excellent achievement for the inaugural GCSE level students

Q5. How many years has Kings’ Education been offering GCSEs?

2017 marked the first ever full set of GCSE results for Kings’ School Al Barsha, which opened in 2014

The results are well above UK national averages, with the 44% A*-A grades indicating that teachers at Kings’ Al Barsha Secondary are able to push the brightest students to achieve success

Q6. What comes after GCSE results?

There are several different choices here. First, you can progress onto Sixth Form and study academic subjects to A level.  This is a great route to take if you’re planning to go to university. You’ll usually study 3 to 4 A levels which take 2 years, at the end of which you’ll take an exam in each of the subjects

Q7. Does Kings’ Education offer Sixth Form for students?  

Kings’ School Al Barsha will open for Sixth Form entry to Year 12 in the academic year 2017-18, where students will have a large selection of A Level Qualifications to choose from, including all the subjects presently available at GCSE level

Q8. Are A Level grades changing too?

No – A Levels will continue to be graded using the traditional A* to E system