Changes To GCSEs

Over the last couple of years Government has been introducing reforms to GCSE and A-Level exams. In September 2015, pupils began to study new GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths.  Over time other GCSEs are changing too (see timetable below).  

According to the Department for Education, the new GCSEs will be more challenging.  The qualifications are intended to provide a stronger foundation for further study and employment; support students in developing the knowledge, skills and values they need for life in modern Britain and match the standards of the best education systems in the world. 

What are the main changes to GCSEs?

  • A new grading scale that uses the numbers 1 – 9 (with 9 being the highest grade) will replace the A* - G scale: 

NEW GCSE GRADE

Equivalent OLD grade

9

A*

8

7

A

6

B

5

4

C

3

D

2

E

1

F

G

U

U

  • In most subjects pupils will sit the same exam papers at the same level regardless of ability. Only Maths, Science and Modern Foreign Languages will have different papers for different groups of pupils.
  • Where possible pupils will be assessed by exam, with other forms of assessment only for particular subject skills (e.g. in art and design or physical education).
  • Pupils will take exams at the end of a two year course of study and subject content will not be divided into modules.

Who can I contact at the school for more information?

If you have any questions about how changes to GCSEs will affect your child please speak to your child’s form tutor or subject teacher.

Useful websites:

The DfE website provides useful information about changes to GCSEs and A-Levels.  To go to the DfE website click here.

Are A-Levels changing too?

Yes, A-Level reforms started in September 2015. Please refer to the DfE website for more information.  

 

 

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