GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education, and these are qualifications usually taken by secondary school students between the ages of 14 and 16. They are often the precursor to A-Level/Level 3 qualifications. They provide an excellent basis for further study and employment opportunities, and you can study a variety of subjects over two years to achieve your GCSE. It is not just young people and 14-16-year-olds who study for GCSE’s however, and now more than ever students of all ages are achieving their GCSE qualifications. Through distance learning, people who did not have the opportunity to study their GCSEs during school can study online flexibly. Find out further information about funding, studying, and entry requirements below.