What type of degree is GCSE?

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is an academic certification that secondary school students in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland take in various disciplines. Each GCSE certification is on a specific topic and stands alone. Still, in other areas, a suite of such certificates (or their counterparts) is often recognized as a record of performance at the age of 16, replacing a leaving certificate or baccalaureate qualification. Most pupils begin studying for GCSE exams in Year 9 or Year 10, with exams taking place at the close of Year 11.