GCSEs are usually held over a period of 2 to 3 years, however, this varies by school, subject, and exam board. So, when do GCSEs start? Well, they usually start at the beginning of the second week of May (or if you prefer, 2 weeks before the May semester). There are usually 4 weeks of exams, and the May midterm break falls between weeks 2 and 3, which means that most GCSE students will have finished their exams by the third Friday in June. The Joint Qualifications Council has drawn up a timetable stating that the GCSE examinations will begin on 16 May and end on 28 June.
GCSEs are the main qualification taken by 14-16 year olds, but they are available to anyone of any age. You can take GCSE in a wide range of academic and “applied” or work-related subjects at school or at your local higher education (FE) center. While different exam boards have different schedules, GCSEs are largely held from Monday, May 14 to Friday, June 22 (with one rare exception).