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General Certificate of Secondary Education or GCSE is a compulsory course in English secondary schools for teenagers in Year 10 and 11 (ages 14-16).

Generally, students HAVE to do GCSE's in: English Language, Mathematics, some kind of Science and one foreign modern language such as French, German or Spanish.

Optionally, students will take some extra subjects, including English Literature, Statistics, Geography, History, Drama, Art, ICT, Music, Double Award Science or if you're smart enough and got a Level 6 in the SATS in science; Triple Award Science (if you pick neither double or triple science, your school will instead force you to do singular Core Science).

The GCSE's are completed in a series of exams (the finals being set in June of Year 11) and coursework, which will be a lifesaver if you're not so good at exams.

Your GCSE's are really a foundation qualification, and it determines what the student generally does next.
James got 10 GCSE's, with many A's and B's. He stayed on Sixth Form to do four A-Levels in Maths, Physics, ICT and Psychology. He can write essays for England, and is clearly an academic person who wants to go to Oxford, Cambridge or an Ivy League University in USA.

Shane on the other hand didn't do quite as well, getting loads of D's and 2-3 C's in Maths/English/Science, however, he has gone to college and is learning a trade in a vocational course to become a plummer, because he's not very academic.

Bob the school chav and bully and "cool kid" skipped his GCSE exams, and never bothered doing most his coursework, so he could not get into a college or sixth form, he now just sits at home smoking weed, while making somewhat of an attempt to find a job and apply to do his GCSE's again at college next year, although his 15 year old girlfriend is pregnant.
by fnkjsfhjsfhkjsdhfsj October 31, 2009
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Courses that all UK teenagers are required to complete. Can be in subjects of choice, though Maths, Science, English and a foreign language are compulsory.

Most 14-16 year olds will either disregard their educational obligations completely, or stress themselves out so much that they are incapable of enjoying the supposedly 'best years' of their lives.

I have the good fortune to be one of the blessed people who trudge along, painfully completing coursework and grudgingly sit mock exams - and still manage to have some sort of a life.
"fuck! my GCSE'S are next month and I've spent most of my time flicking through NME and downloading porn!'
by Apostrophe Loon November 21, 2004
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General Certificate of Secondary Enslavement
Teenagers subjected to GCSE's are forced to waste their Secondary School lives working for something which ultimately benefits their school more than themeselves, hence the term "enslavement". Enslavement is also used to signify the lack of any real choice in the matter, since it is forced on the adolescents, many of whom would far rather watch porn and sniff glue.
by king me June 04, 2005
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Exams that all UK students are demanded to take. They're not fun and are veryboring, just like a pop concert.
Shit - I really screwed up my maths GCSE.
by Nudger January 11, 2004
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despite taking sats in year 9, uk students are required to waste all of year ten and eleven doing a GCSE course - not having fun or doing anything else with their free time but revising for exams as well as doing even longer and boring exams spread over lesson time and free time in the form of whats known as coursework. after taking GCSE's, you would think that its over, but then you have to take AS/A levels to (for the third time) show your capabilities whilst wasting more time and doing more work. then you go off and do something else which involves more work etc etc
person001: wanna come to a party
person002: nope sorry i got GCSE coursework/revision
person001: have you ever NOT had a constant stream of overdue coursework/revision in the last 2 years?
person001: nope, and for years to come.

by blablablablablabla February 11, 2007
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Ghetto Childrens Sex Education from the blak twang song G.C.S.E.
g.c.s.e
ghetto childrens education
cant remeber the rest
by FAT CHEF March 01, 2005
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