The UK has slipped in the Global Education Rankings and the Government is keen to redress the balance. GCSE and A Level Reforms are aimed at moving the UK higher in the global education tables.
GCSE Exam Grades Have Greater Significance
GCSE C grade in English or English Language is compulsory for Apprenticeships. A minimum C grade in English, Mathematics and Science is essential for university admission, teaching, and in many cases, employment.
GCSE Reforms means that some familiar examinations will be disappearing. These examinations are offered as a ‘final re-sit opportunity’ in June 2017 exam series. The new (9-1) specifications are very different, for example, the new GCSE Mathematics qualification comprises 3 papers, as opposed to the current 2 papers.
A few of the most popular examinations being withdrawn in June 2017 are listed below, (this is by no means an exhaustive list):
AQA: 4365, 4360, 9370 and 9365
OCR: J562, J567
The current specifications are being replaced with Combined and Single Science New Specifications
AQA: ENG1F, ENG 1H
OCR: J350, J351
A Level Reforms
Quite a number of “Old Specifications” for AS and A2 are being withdrawn and replaced with “New Specifications”. These include:
Biology 1411, 2411
Chemistry 1421, 2421
Physics 1451, 2451
This is also the final opportunity to carry-forward ISA marks from previous A Level examinations.
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