Curriculum Reform

Curriculum reform is taking place from 2015 to 2017 in relation to both GCSE and A level subjects. The link below will take you to a Department for Education presentation, which explains the nature, scope and detail of this significant curriculum reform project:

GCSE

GCSE Reform

GCSE reform is being phased in over a period of three years in all schools (2015-2017). This constitutes a significant change in both the content and assessment of GCSE courses.

The reformed GCSEs will be fully linear, with the grade being awarded on the basis of examinations taken at the end of two years of study. A*-G grades will be replaced with a 9-1 examination scoring (please open document below, produced by Ofqual, to see how the new grading system will work in relation to the old A*-G system).

Reformed for first teaching in September 2015:

  1. English Language
  2. English Literature
  3. Mathematics

Reformed for first teaching in September 2016:

  1. Art
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
  5. Drama
  6. French
  7. German
  8. Geography
  9. History
  10. Latin
  11. Music
  12. Religious Studies
  13. Spanish

Reformed for first teaching in September 2017:

  1. Technology

The link below will take you to a gov.uk webpage for more details on GCSE reform:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-the-facts-gcse-and-a-level-reform/get-the-facts-gcse-reform

A Level

A level Reform

A level reform is being phased in over a period of three years in all schools (2015-17). This constitutes a significant change in both the format and the content of A level courses.

The reformed A levels will be fully linear, with the grade being awarded on the basis of examinations taken at the end of two years of study. These final examinations will contain a wider variety of questions, including more extended essay questions. In future, the AS qualification will be decoupled from the A level – marks gained for any AS examinations that are taken will not accrue towards the final A level grade.

Reformed for first teaching in September 2015:

  1. Art
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
  5. Economics
  6. English Literature
  7. History
  8. Physics
  9. Psychology

Reformed for first teaching in September 2016:

  1. Drama & Theatre Studies
  2. French
  3. German
  4. Geography
  5. Latin
  6. Music
  7. Religious Studies
  8. Spanish

Reformed for first teaching in September 2017:

  1. Classical Civilisation
  2. Design & Technology
  3. Further Mathematics
  4. Government & Politics
  5. Mathematics

The link below will take you to a gov.uk site for more details on A level reform:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-the-facts-gcse-and-a-level-reform/get-the-facts-as-and-a-level-reform

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