Changes to some GCSE’s, AS and A-Level qualifications you should know about
New GCSE’s will be linear and graded (9-1), rather than A* – C. If you are not aware of these changes it is important to visit the website of one or more of the awarding bodies, AQA, Pearson Edexcel, OCR or WJEC.
C grade in English \ English Language, Mathematics or Science is compulsory for Apprenticeships, Higher Education, Teaching, University and even employment. Some employers are making it a condition of promotion that staff have a minimum grade C pass in Mathematics.
How will these changes affect you?
Some familiar examinations will be disappearing and are only being offered as a ‘final re-sit opportunity’ inthe June 2017 examination series. If you need to re-sit any of these examinations mentioned above, don’t miss out. The new specifications are very different. For example, the new GCSE Mathematics qualification comprises 3 papers as opposed to the current 2 papers, calculator and non-calculator.
A few of the most popular examinations being withdrawn are listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list.
AQA: 4365, 4360, 9370 AND 9365
OCR: J562, J567
AQA: ENG1F, ENG1H
OCR: J350, J351
Legacy specifications: Biology, Chemistry, Physics all have a final re-sit opportunity in June 2017. Other subjects being withdrawn include Business Studies and Economics. These subjects are being replaced with New Specifications.
AS Level – is it worth studying?
In a nutshell, the value of an AS Level is significantly reduced to (40% from 50%) and as a standalone qualification may not be accepted by many universities or institutions of higher education.
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