Employers value GCSEs because they are a recognized qualification and an indication of ability, but they are not the beginning and the end. In reality, what employers value is not grades or academic results, but character and resilience. They want people who are curious and creative; we would like a curriculum better aligned with those results. As we see the age of dropping out of school rise, we question the value of high-risk tests at age 16 and will focus more on results at age 18, both academic and vocational.
Studying GCSEs provides you with an essential foundation in a variety of subjects. It allows you to focus on topics of interest and gives you the opportunity to explore them more deeply in an A Level study. They act as an educational gateway, opening access to higher education and other fields of study, while providing the foundation for any career you choose to pursue. GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education.
These are the qualifications obtained by young people aged fifteen and sixteen in the United Kingdom at the end of their studies in year 11. GCSEs serve the same primary purpose as any other rating. First, GCSEs measure learning and certify achievement. As a national score established by regulated examination boards, GCSEs allow a student's scores to be reliably and directly compared to the scores given to students from other schools and universities, in different subject areas, and in other cohorts.