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    I know my question must sound really dumb but I really don´t know what GCE of GSCE(or something like that) means, can someone tell me please. Does anybody know of a webpage that tells about the type and FAQ of the UK grading system. Thanks.

    When u leave primary school at yr 6 u go to Secondary School (highschool) and u do GCSEs (around 9 subjects normally) From yr 7 to yr 11 thats 5 yrs.
    After u passed ur GCSE's u can choose to do GCE or better known as A-levels. where u specialize more (u pick around 3 subjects on avrage). ur GCE is more important if ur thinking to go to university afterwards. Good universities (such as Oxbridge and most of top ten unis) will look at ur GCSE grades as well.

    GCSE=General Certificate of Secondary Education
    GCE= General Certificate of Education
    A level= Advance level
    AS level= Advance Subsiduary(sp), Basicaly the first year of an A level is an AS level.
    NVQ= National Vocational Qualification. G before means General I think.
    AVCE= Advances Vocational Certificate of Education.

    GCSE are graded from U (ungraded or failed) to A*. The range of available grades depends on the subject and school, with more advanced courses dropping off at C and lower level ones going down to G.

    A and AS levels are about the same, but they only go up to A. The range of grades is the same for everyone.
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