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I would like to take the Cambridge O-levels in maths and the sciences. Do you think this would be possible in a UK state school? Also, do you think they are more respected than GCSE's.
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Do you mean a levels, o levels are the old version of gcses and generally you need a good set of gcses to study a levels
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O level GCEs haven't been offered in nearly 40 years :lol:
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They probably are more respected than GCSE, but are only relevant for people who were taking them at the time, before GCSE was introduced.
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Do you mean a levels, o levels are the old version of gcses and generally you need a good set of gcses to study a levels
I meant o levels. They are offered in countries such as Pakistan so why not in the UK? Innit?
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(Original post by Chong Wa)
I would like to take the Cambridge O-levels in maths and the sciences. Do you think this would be possible in a UK state school? Also, do you think they are more respected than GCSE's.
Why would you want to? If you're in a UK state school you can just take normal GCSEs, or CIE iGCSEs if you have a particular reason to. (this wouldn't count for the school in league tables so you'd probably have to fund this yourself)

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Do you mean a levels, o levels are the old version of gcses and generally you need a good set of gcses to study a levels
O-levels still exist in some places. Off the top of my head, particularly in Singapore, offered by cambridge assessment.
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For everyone saying O-Levels are obsolete, I would like to draw their attenion to the fact that CIE does offer O-Levels at the moment.
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Cambridge (CIE) do still offer O-levels - they are usually taken by overseas students, but you can still take them in this country. I don't think they will be considered better - in actual fact i am so old that I have O levels from before GCSE days and I have heard of one or two of my contemporaries having to take GCSEs in English and Maths as the employers won't accept their O levels

If you can find an exam centre which offers Cambridge exams they will be able to enter you - but i don't think many state schools are registered with Cambridge, because they only offer IGCSEs which no longer count on school league tables. You could try to find a private exam centre but be warned - they are likely to charge you a lot of money to sit them.
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(Original post by Chong Wa)
I meant o levels. They are offered in countries such as Pakistan so why not in the UK? Innit?
O-levels have been replaced by GCSEs in the UK. They are the same level of qualification, however the topics covered and methods of assessment may differ (both historically and compared with international subjects). They would be equivalent to IGCSEs internationally.

If you were studying in the UK, you would study similar subjects, but the qualification would be the GCSE in that subject or subjects. In terms of university entry requirements in the UK, they are equivalent. I don't know how they are compared internationally, I would imagine similarly but I couldn't say for certain...
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I'm doing an o level in the UK. More interesting syllabus than the GCSE so why not?
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