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1-Year GCSE

Standard GCSE programmes are two years long and completed in F.4 and F.5 (Year 10-11) in the UK. The 1-Year GCSE is an intensive version of that and is suitable for Hong Kong students who have completed F.4. Students normally study 5 to 6 subjects on a 1-year GCSE programme. If students would like to study up to 7 to 8 subjects to enhance their chance when applying to a better school after GCSE, joining a 4- to 5-term programme (starting in April and January respectively) will allow them to do so.

Some schools would let students join mainstream Year 11 classes, so that they can study alongside existing students for better integration. 1-Year GCSE run by International Study Centres, on the other hand, would normally form a class of its own, allowing teachers greater flexibility to adjust the pace of the class. In extracurricular activities, students will normally be integrated with existing students.

GCSE Reform

Starting from the academic year of 2015/16, the GCSE were reformed in phases. A selected set of reformed GCSE subjects and syllabuses replaced existing ones every year. Students who start Year 10 in September 2018 have all started using the new GCSE syllabuses.

Reformed GCSE grades table

A new grading scale of 9 to 1 is introduced with these reformed subjects, in which a grade 9 is set at a more challenging level than the original A* to reflect the abilities of more able students. In the new grading scale, there are two passing marks, where:

  • Grade 4 represents a Standard Pass.
  • Grade 5 represents a Strong Pass.

Course Features

  • Students on a 1-year programme usually take 5-6 GCSE subjects.
  • With their GCSE qualifications, students can apply to other schools and institutions, taking GCE A-levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) or a University Foundation Course.

Course Length, Subject Choice and Start Date

Course Length Subject Choice Start Date
2-Year Programmes (6 terms) 7-10 subjects September
4-5 Terms 7-8 subjects Starts in April and January respectively
1-Year Programmes (3 terms) 5-6 subjects September
Progression Route
1-Year GCSE升學路線圖
Annual Tuition & Accommodation Cost
Boarding School HK$360K - 530K
Independent Day School HK$190K - 390K
Independent College HK$250K - 630K
Admission Requirements
Academic Requirement
Hong Kong Student Mainland Chinese Student
Completed F.4 Completed F.4

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