Students usually study for eight to twelve GCSE subjects over two years (Years 10 and 11 – age 14 to 16).
The core subjects, include English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, a combined Science or as separate subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Optional subjects include Art and Design, Business Studies, Dance, Drama, Media Studies, History, Geography, Economics, Music, PE, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), a modern foreign language (French, Spanish and German) and Religious Education. Other subjects such as Latin, Home Economics, Textiles, Politics and Philosophy are also available at some schools.
The IGCSE is an international version of the UK GCSE, which has been tailored to meet the needs of students around the world, and is internationally recognised as being equivalent to the UK GCSE.